A very different ambience is coming to the Kingstowne storefront most recently occupied by Fiona’s Irish Pub, and King Street Blues before that.
Plans were recently filed to bring Chick-fil-A to the Kingstowne Shopping Center, a 23.18-acre retail center located adjacent to the Kingstowne Towne Center. Both properties are owned by Silver Spring’s The Halle Cos.
The 5,880-square-foot Chick-fil-A at 5820 Kingstowne Center, per the plans, will include an interior play area, 110 indoor seats and 32 outdoor seats. The former Fiona’s space is only 5,000 square feet, but the plans call for enclosing a portion of the existing covered breezeway to grow by another 880 square feet. A drive-thru will offer dual ordering stations.
The restaurant is expected to be open from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with an anticipated 500 customers per day coming inside and 800 passing through the drive-thru. Chick-fil-A anticipates hiring 75 employees for this location.
Fiona’s closed suddenly last June in both Kingstowne and Crystal City. The Kingstowne version replaced King Street Blues, a neighborhood go-to for 15 years. Both were owned by Martin White.
The new Chick-fil-A is expected to complement another outpost on Backlick Road near the Springfield Town Center, about a five-minute drive from Kingstowne. The Backlick Chick-fil-A — another inline store, as opposed to a pad site — is rather infamous for its ability to gridlock that center’s parking lot and push cars onto nearby roads.
The architect for the Kingstowne restaurant is listed as Chipman Design Architecture and DLA Piper is serving as land-use attorney.
In other Kingstowne news, Ashley Furniture will fill a roughly 30,000-square-foot portion of the former 53,000-square-foot Toys R Us store at 6100 Kingstowne Village Parkway. Aldi has already obtained permits to build out its 23,000-square-foot store, and the furniture dealer is taking the remainder of the now-demised space. The property is also owned by Halle Cos.
And across the street, Halle earned Fairfax County’s OK in February to build up to 646 multifamily units on an undeveloped portion of the Kingstowne Towne Center, in addition to a 34,000-square-foot plaza featuring a splash park in the summer and ice rink in the winter. It will be the first residential in the mixed-use center.