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Founding Farmers Leases its First Virginia Location at Tysons II


Tysons Corner, Virginia, October 24, 2013 - Lerner Enterprises, one of Washington, D.C.’s largest private real estate developers, announced today that Founding Farmers, Washington’s greenest restaurant and one of the region’s most popular dining destinations, will be opening at 1800 Tysons Boulevard within The Corporate Office Centre at Tysons II in the spring of 2014.  The 280-seat restaurant will be its first location in Virginia and the restaurant group’s fourth location in the Washington Metropolitan area. 

“We are thrilled to welcome Founding Farmers to Tysons II,” stated Mark D. Lerner, a principal of Lerner.  “As one of the iconic farm-to-table restaurants in the nation, we are proud to team with Founding Farmers to add this modern and fresh dining approach to The Corporate Office Centre at Tysons II,” he added.  The Founding Farmers dining concepts are some of the most-booked restaurants in the Greater Washington region according to OpenTable.com. 

Founding Farmers will pursue LEED® Certification for the interior space and plans to incorporate reclaimed/recycled materials into the overall design, as is typical of Farmers Restaurant Group locations.  Founding Farmers was represented by Marc Balamaci of Edge Commercial Real Estate.  Founding Farmers is operated by Farmers Restaurant Group (FarmersRestaurantGroup.com).

Founding Farmers will join other destination dining choices within The Corporate Office Centre at Tysons II including the Palm Restaurant within 1750 Tysons Boulevard, the soon to open America Eats Tavern by José Andrés within the Ritz-Carlton ∙ Tysons Corner and the many restaurants within the Tysons Galleria including Vino Volo, Paul, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Maggiano’s, Wildfire, The Cheesecake Factory, among many others.

1800 Tysons Boulevard is a short walk from the new Metro Silver Line Tysons Station scheduled to open in February, 2014.  The building is a 12-story 320,000 square foot, Class ‘A’ office building located within The Corporate Office Centre at Tysons II.  The award-winning Kohn Pederson Fox designed building features a climate controlled walkway connected to the premier shopping destination, Tysons Galleria, and The Ritz-Carlton ● Tysons Corner.  The state-of-the-art building includes a high-tech lobby, state-of-the-art telecommunications system, stainless steel and granite accents, on-site Concierge Service, a café, a state-of-the art fitness center. 

About Farmers Restaurant Group / The Farm

The Farm (FarmersRestaurantGroup.com) is a concept development and restaurant management company established on a platform of farm-inspired American true food and drink in modern, upscale casual, and eco‐friendly settings.  The Farm’s leadership and development team created the internationally recognized, award-winning Founding Farmers restaurant in the heart of Washington, D.C., which opened in 2008 and is the first upscale-casual, full-service LEED® Gold restaurant in the country.  It has been the most-booked restaurant on Open Table nationally since January 2011.  In November 2011, Montgomery County’s Founding Farmers opened in Potomac, in the heart of Maryland and in November 2012, sister concept Farmers Fishers Bakers opened in Washington Harbour on the Georgetown Waterfront.  The three restaurants of The Farm serve thousands of guests daily and are consistently recognized for outstanding food and beverage programs by the media and guests alike.  The Farm was developed and is managed by Vucurevich Simons Advisory Group (VSAG). 

About The Corporate Office Centre at Tysons II

The Corporate Office Centre at Tysons II (Tysons2.com) is recognized as the most prestigious address in the Washington D.C. Metro region.  Tysons II is a master planned development containing high-end retail, office, hotel and residential projects. Located in the heart of Tysons Corner, The Corporate Office Centre at Tysons II is footsteps from the new Tysons Metro Station, scheduled to open in early 2014.  Within the 117 acre development is Tysons Galleria, an 800,000 square foot luxury shopping destination featuring Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, dozens of boutique shops offering the latest fashion trends and numerous destination restaurants; 1600 Tysons Boulevard, a 308,000 rentable square foot office tower; 1650 Tysons Boulevard, a 395,000 square foot office tower; 1750 Tysons Boulevard, a 405,000 square foot office tower; 1800 Tysons Boulevard, a 320,000 square foot office tower; and Lillian Court at Tysons II, a 286 unit award winning luxury condominium project.  All of the projects were originally developed by Lerner.  The Ritz-Carlton Hotel ● Tysons Corner, also within The Corporate Office Centre at Tysons II, was previously named one of the top 50 hotels in the United States by Condé Naste Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards and offers elegant accommodations and superior personal service.

About Lerner Enterprises

Lerner Enterprises (Lerner.com) of Rockville, Maryland, founded by Theodore N. Lerner in 1952, is one of Washington, D.C.'s largest private real estate developers and is involved in all phases of commercial, residential, retail, hotel and mixed-use real estate.  This includes planning, development, construction, leasing and asset and property management.  Lerner has developed and currently manages more than 20 million square feet of office buildings, retail centers and residential communities.  Lerner's office portfolio is comprised of many well-known developments including: The Corporate Office Centre at Tysons II (Tysons2.com), Tysons Corner, VA; 2000 Tower Oaks Boulevard (TowerOaks.com) with LEED® Platinum Certification, Rockville, MD; The Corporate Office Park at Dulles Town Center (DullesTownCenter.com), Dulles, VA; Washington Square (WashingtonSquareDC.com),  Washington, D.C.; Fallsgrove Village Office Center (FallsgroveOffice.com), Rockville, MD; White Flint North, North Bethesda, MD; 20 M Street, SE (20MStreetSE.com) with LEED® Gold Certification, Washington, D.C.; 1133 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.; Flint Hill Park (FlintHillOfficePark.com), Fairfax, VA; and 7799 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA, among many others.

Lerner’s newest developments include:

  • The construction of Fallsgrove Plaza (FallsgroveOffice.com), a new five-story state of the art Class ‘A’ 110,000 square foot medical | office building in Rockville, Maryland that is designed for LEED® Gold certification with scheduled occupancy in December 2013.

  • The major interior and exterior renovation of One Flint Hill (FlintHillPark.com), a 132,000 square foot 6-story medical and commercial office building within Flint Hill Park in Fairfax, Virginia.

  • The construction of Windmill Parc at Dulles Town Center (WindmillParcDTC.com), a 433-unit luxury apartment home community in Dulles, Virginia.  Phase one of the project is scheduled to open in the fall of 2014.

  • The construction of Nokes Plaza at Dulles Town Center, a one-story 56,000 square foot retail | office | medical development.  Occupancy is scheduled for the summer of 2015.