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  1. Probably about the last time I was there as well - sorry to hear it has gone downhill. Maybe a change in ownership or staffing has helped - thanks for updates.
  2. you cannot make this stuff up.... EXCLUSIVE: Reston Town Center’s Vapiano at the Center of Alleged International Money Laundering Scheme by Fatimah Waseem, RestonNow
  3. Yelp had posted the RTC Location of Vapiano's "temporarily closed, will be open June 30th." Their outdoor furniture, and sidewalk area have been removed...it is not looking good.
  4. Enjoyed an impromptu dinner here (Sterling/Cascades) this evening. Fireworks pizza and garlic knots with a nice milk stout was all we ordered, but service was fast as was food prep too. Decently priced for what it is. Warning - surface parking is limited but I guess there is a free garage at the back of the center. Thursday nites there is some live music on the artificial turf area. This place is small - but outdoor seating was nice too - bar area is decent size compared to size of restaurant.
  5. Report: Facelift Planned for RTC’s Common Areas by Fatimah Wasseem RestonNow Over the next 18 months, the company plans to spend up to $5 million to upgrade some of the areas, the Washington Business Journal reported today (Wednesday).
  6. BUNGALOW ALEHOUSE OFFICIALLY OPENING MAY 29 by Chris Wadsworth, TheBurn The building — located in the Ashburn Crossroads center next to Fuddrucker’s and IHOP — used to be a Bertucci’s Italian restaurant, but the Bungalow team has given the space an extreme makeover. It was gutted and rebuilt — including a brand new bar, a large room filled with pool tables and a new outdoor bar and patio.
  7. Guess I wasn't the only one to observe. The article says it has been closed since May 9th. Reston Town Center’s Vapiano is Temporarily Closed Again by Fatimah Wasseem RestonNow 'Major Restructuring" At Vapiano Reston Town Center by Dan Taylor, RestonPatch Italian restaurant Vapiano is undergoing a "major restructuring" at Reston Town Center, the company says.
  8. Happen to be in RTC area today and noticed a sign posted on the Vapiano location. It said something to the affect Closed Temporary, deliveries in back. It does not appear good if the place is not open regularly - hard to turn food, keep staff and just clean the place.
  9. Darker granite colors are more resilient but all granite should be sealed to limit stains. Lighter granites may show stains more easily. There are a lot of more recent finishes to granites/quartzes like leathering, honed, polished, brushed etc. These can drastically change the appearance and I would suggest you get cutting board samples when considering a specific finish. Many of the synthetic stones have lifetime warranties but I have not read them to know what they cover. Pop-up outlets and knife holders can be installed in either type of stone, however if you go with some "exotic" granite or marble often times they are a little more challenging to work with and can make those options tedious. Perhaps the quartzes are more uniform and less troublesome. A good fabricator should be able to accomodate what you need. Good luck out there, there are many new or revised products in the market than just a few years ago.
  10. Natural stone(s) (granite, marble) have to be sealed. This takes about 20-25 minutes every 4-6 months, and is as simple as "wax-on, wax off." Stains, if they do occur, may possibly be removed, but it is the risk you run for having a unique stone. We went with hard marble in our kitchen and it looks fantastic; could not be happier, from picking the slab for our island to the patterns in the perimeter. Regular cleaning is a breeze. Manufactured products, we used in our bathrooms, are no maintenance, and easily cleaned with any normal cleaner. They have distinct looks, but whatever you select is not "unique" and anyone can order the same countertop as long as it is being produced. I believe the general rule is with manufactured products the composition is something like 93/7% stone to resin. Since it has some resin or polymer to bind it, if you set something hot on it, it is possible to scar the countertop. We do not care in the bathrooms and have never had any issues, but perhaps in a kitchen with hot pots/pans - albeit crazy hot pots/pans from the BlueStar range - I would not want to scar the countertops and have to replace. I am certain someone(s) will weigh in with their experience(s).
  11. This family-owned place has been around since 1993 - it is tucked away at the end of a strip-shopping plaza at the opposite end from Outback. Carpool Herndon is 200' away. They are open for lunch and dinner daily. The food is good or good+; just have not been there enough recently to expand. The place is clean and service is friendly. Atmosphere is a little dated, but you will always be greeted as if you have been there before. I had not been in some time, just kind of fallen off our radar, and stopped by last week for a nice lunch. Specials are posted daily and their bread fresh baked. Food comes out efficiently and you can tell they have a lot of regulars.
  12. The BS Platinum is definitely worth the co$t. We did the 36". The added features and attachments for the Platinum were worth the upgraded investment. Since we did a custom color - the lead time was about 4-6 weeks. Ferguson has several on display and depending on where you live and what showroom you go to, you may find the appliance person knowledgeable on BlueStar. They do not have the branding of Wolf, Thermador or Viking. Hood we went with the Zephyr Canopy-Style hood, Tempest II - 650 CFM standard, but you can upgrade it easily and get double the capacity. The Canopy allowed me to raise the hood up higher than code recommended installation height. I have seen others installed and if too low, you literally hit your head on it if you are taller than 6'. We have a window above our range, so the chimney-style would not work. The baffles in the hood are really easy to clean, just throw them in the D/W and let dry. It even signals you to do this after 30 hours of use. Vent-a-hood makes a great hood as well, but there was a significant cost difference for similar performance & features.
  13. Yes, in re-reading my post, I did not mean to pigeon-hole the wok (only) utility of BlueStar. Great range no matter how or what you cook with. It is extremely versatile and highly adjustable for all cooking types.
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