- The Washington Times - Monday, December 31, 2001

Clyde’s Restaurant Group is going a little bit country.
The Georgetown-based restaurant chain has plans to open a new country inn, farmhouse-themed restaurant at the Broadlands community in Ashburn, Va.
Broadlands, about 30 miles from Washington, is a 1,500-acre planned community with residential and commercial development, as well as parks and wetlands. When complete it will have a variety of businesses and retail shops, as well as 3,500 families living in single-family homes, town houses, condominiums and apartments.
“We were looking for a picturesque setting for a restaurant,” says Tom Meyer, executive vice president of Clyde’s. “Our concept is to create an oasis in the middle of this community.”
The restaurant will consist of an old tavern and barns that Clyde’s bought in New England, which will be disassembled, transported to Washington and reassembled to form the new restaurant.
Clyde’s wants the restaurant to look like an old, original barn or farmhouse around which the new community was built.
“We love that look,” Mr. Meyer says. “You can’t fake that with new wood and construction.”
Much of the restaurant’s details, including its name and exact size, haven’t been decided yet. Depending on the final designs, the restaurant may be more than 20,000 square feet and seat about 500 people.
Clyde’s has locations with the same name in Georgetown, Reston, Alexandria, Tysons Corner, Chevy Chase and Columbia, Md. The company also owns the 1789 Restaurant, Old Ebbitt Grill, the Tomato Palace and the Tombs.
Construction on the new restaurant will not begin until 2003.
“We see it as a great amenity for residents and businesses,” says Gary Modjeska, commercial sales manager at Terrabrook, which has partnered with the Van Metre Cos. to develop Broadlands.
Next year the Broadlands community will have a 150,000-square-foot to 200,000-square-foot shopping center developed by Saul Centers Inc., a retail real estate investment trust in Chevy Chase. The sale of the 24-acre property should be finalized during the first quarter of 2002.
Another 20 acres of retail space at Broadlands eventually wil house neighborhood shops. That property will not be developed until 2004 or 2005, Mr. Modjeska says.

Eyeglass World, an eyeglass superstore chain, is looking to open its first locations in the Washington area.
The Lake Worth, Fla., chain, which has stores in 22 states, does not have a presence in Maryland, Virginia or the District. Eyeglass World plans to open at least four local stores ranging from 3,000 square feet to 4,000 square feet.
JBG Rosenfeld Retail, a shopping center leasing and management company in Bethesda, is responsible for finding the spaces. JBG expanded its core business practice to include tenant representation in 1999 and now represents more than 15 retailers.

Now open
United Colors of Benetton has more than doubled its old 4,000-square-foot Georgetown store. The new 10,000-square-foot store, at 1200 Wisconsin Ave. NW, is divided into three floors and has about 40 employees.
Houseworks Interiors, a full-service interior design studio, is converting its 600-square-foot retail shop into a new design show room to accommodate the company’s expanding interior-design business. Houseworks will close in January for a month of renovations and will reopen in February.
Bowie Town Center, operated by Simon Property Group Inc., added a handful of retailers this month including Subway, Quizno’s Classic Subs and Next Day Blinds. New local merchants include Bowie Town Barber, B-Natural salon and day spa, Strawberry’s Bistro, Comcare Pharmacy, Coach Cleaners and Bowie Tailor. In early 2002 Best Buy, Safeway, Olive Garden, Pizzeria Uno, Longhorn Steak House and Chicken Out Rotisserie will open their doors.
Donna De Marco can be reached at 202/636-4884 or [email protected] Retail & Hospitality runs every other week.

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