|A new food and entertainment district is emerging at One Loudoun in Ashburn with new restaurants like Redskins Grille, a concept which has been done before for the Indianapolis Colts. - Courtesy Photo|
One Loudoun has announced it will be adding Matchbox Vintage Pizza Bistro, the Redskins Grille and an Italian restaurant inspired by chef Robert Wiedmaier to its already long list of establishments that have either already moved into the development or are slated to move in by year's end.
"We've focused on entertainment and food," said Bill May, a vice president with Miller and Smith, the One Loudoun developer.
In explaining the recent spate of new restaurants coming to One Loudoun, May says he and the developers at One Loudoun wanted to build a retail base on the backbone of entertainment and strong restaurants, expecting other retail outlets to follow.
One Loudoun owners believe it will be easier to sell residential units if the development is a fun place to live. The hope is that it will also be easier to snatch commercial real estate clients.
Matchbox Pizza has six locations, three in Washington D.C.; one in Palm Springs, Calif.; one in Fairfax and one in Rockville, Md.
The Matchbox Food Group also operates D-3 and Ted's Bulletin in Washington, D.C.
This is the first Matchbox Food Group iteration to find its way to Loudoun. It's expected to open some time in 2015 on Thorndike Street.
Likewise this will be the first Wiedmaier restaurant in Loudoun County.
The well-known chef moved to the United States from Belgium and trained in Washington D.C. for eight years until he started a series of successful restaurants like Marcel's, Brasserie Beck
He was named Washington’s Chef of the Year by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington in 2009.
The third new addition, the Redskins Grille, was originally announced at a recent meeting between supervisors, the county and economic development. It was used as a case in which the county has received direct economic benefit from its partnership with the football franchise.
Even though restaurants and entertainment have dominated One Loudoun's retail focus, May has not lost sight of other retail opportunities.
"Now the focus is on home goods and fashion," May said, hinting that he expects to see more clothing and household retail options coming into the center soon.