- The Washington Times - Monday, October 15, 2001


A taste of the Eastern seaboard has hit Tysons Corner.

Restaurateur Bob Kinkead opened Colvin Run Tavern highlighting a modern American menu with seafood, meats, game and produce from the East Coast on Sept. 29.

Colvin Run Tavern has four distinctly different dining areas, each representing a particular city or region: Nantucket, Shenandoah, Charleston and Maine.

Each room has its own ambiance. For example, the Shenandoah room is rustic, with a fireplace and sienna booths.

Mr. Kinkead, who is also the chef and owner of Kinkead's in the District, wanted to open a restaurant with different environments so when guests came back they would always have a different dining experience, he says.

There's even a mention of Mr. Kinkead's new restaurant in the latest 2001/2002 Zagat Survey, which ranks restaurants in different regions and was published before Colvin Run opened.

Kinkead's review, which ranked it the most popular restaurant in Washington, said the opening of Colvin Run Tavern has "Tysons Corner abuzz."

Mr. Kinkead chose the expanding Tysons Corner area, filled with steakhouses, as the location for his latest venture because the demand is there, he says.

Also another fine-dining restaurant too close to his Pennsylvania Avenue restaurant would only "cannibalize my own business," he says.

For the next month or two, Mr. Kinkead plans to spend the majority of his time at the new restaurant to make sure things run smoothly.

New ownership

Federal Realty Investment Trust bought Friendship Centre, a street-front retail property in the heart of the affluent Chevy Chase/Friendship Heights neighborhood. Federal Realty, based in Rockville, purchased the property from Transwestern for $32.7 million.

Friendship Centre includes a 119,000-square-foot retail space and 125-space below-grade parking garage. Current retailers include Maggiano's, Borders Books, Eddie Bauer and Linens 'N Things.

Friendship Centre, on Wisconsin Avenue in Northwest, is directly across from Mazza Gallerie and next to Chevy Chase Pavilion, which includes Pottery Barn, Cheesecake Factory and Embassy Suites.

Federal Realty has no plans to redevelop the property, a spokeswoman says.

Preserving hotel history

National Trust Historic Hotels of America has added the District's Phoenix Park Hotel to its elite list of 174 member hotels.

The Phoenix Park Hotel, built in 1922, was originally named the Commodore and was renamed 60 years later in honor of Dublin's Phoenix Park, the largest urban park in Europe.

The Phoenix Park joins five other Washington area hotels as National Trust members: the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, Morrison Clark Inn, Henley Park Hotel, the Jefferson Hotel and the Hay-Adams Hotel.

Historic Hotels of America is a program of the D.C.-based National Trust for Historic Preservation, which was established to protect historic properties around the country.

Opening for business

Sur La Table, an upscale cookware chain, opened its third location in the Washington area last month. The newest 6,200-square-foot store, located at Pentagon Row, has a cooking demonstration area for hands-on classes taught by chefs, cookbook authors and Sur La Table staff.

• Colorworks, a new hair-color specialty salon chain, opened at the end of September in Pentagon Row. This is the first location for Colorworks in the Mid-Atlantic area.

At least three more stores are scheduled to open in the Washington area within the next 12 months. Annapolis and Rockville are two of the key areas the company is looking at for expansion.

• Sears, Roebuck & Co. is opening a 103,000-square-foot store in Bowie this week. The department store, which will have about 200 employees, will also have a detached seven-bay Sears Auto Center.

• Harris Teeter will open its fourth Northern Virginia location later this month. The two-story, 41,500-square-foot store, located at Main Street in Fairfax, will employ 135 persons. The other Harris Teeter stores are located in Falls Church, Arlington and Pentagon Row.

• The Container Store, a chain that sells storage and organization products, will open a two-story, 29,000-square-foot store at the Market Common Clarendon complex in Arlington Dec. 1. The Container Store currently has locations in Tysons Corner and Rockville.

• Donna De Marco can be reached at 202/636-4884. Retail & Hospitality runs every other week.

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