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Silver Diner Coming to Ballston

A new Silver Diner restaurant will be opening in Ballston.

The 6,700-square-foot eatery will join Target and Enterprise Rent-A-Car as retail tenants in the currently under-construction 750 N. Glebe development. Set to open in 2020, 750 N. Glebe will be a 12-story building with nearly 500 apartments, across from Ballston Quarter mall.

The new Ballston location will be the 14th Silver Diner in the D.C. area. The company has an existing Arlington location at 3200 Wilson Blvd in the Clarendon area.

The Washington Business Journal reports that, at least for now, Silver Diner plans to operate both Arlington locations simultaneously. (It has a long-term lease in Clarendon.)

Current plans are to operate both Ballston and Clarendon, although [Silver Diner founder Bob] Giaimo has acknowledged in the past that site where the Clarendon Silver Diner sits at 3200 Wilson Blvd., would likely be the subject of redevelopment at some point, putting the diner’s future there in flux.

More about the lease signing from a Ballston Business Improvement District press release, after the jump.

Saul Centers announced this morning that Silver Diner has signed a lease at 750 N. Glebe, a mixed-use development project located at the intersection of North Glebe Road and Wilson Boulevard in Ballston. Silver Diner will be the development’s third retail tenant, joining previously announced tenants Target and Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Construction began during the first quarter of 2017 and 750 N. Glebe is expected to deliver in the spring of 2020.

The Ballston Business Improvement District (BID) helped facilitate bringing in what will be the 14th Silver Diner location in the Greater Washington D.C. region. The BID orchestrated an all-day meeting in their office between Silver Diner management and several Ballston landlords where BID CEO Tina Leone provided neighborhood insights and statistics to demonstrate to Silver Diner that the Ballston community was the right fit for their next location.

“Silver Diner is a regional institution and we are thrilled to have them join us in Ballston,” says Tina Leone, CEO of the Ballston BID. “With 33% of Ballston’s workforce eating lunch out three times a week, Silver Diner will be welcomed with open arms. Their addition bolsters the strength of our growing dining scene of over 60 restaurants and gives the community another great option for a family brunch, business breakfast meeting, and late-night fare.”

Silver Diner will occupy 6,700 square feet of 750 N. Glebe’s 61,000 square feet of first floor retail space. Earlier this year Saul Centers landed Target to be the site’s retail anchor with a 41,500-square-foot lease. “With the addition of Silver Diner to our tenant roster, 750 N. Glebe now has 80% of its retail space fully leased – we couldn’t be happier with the tenants we’ve secured thus far. Silver Diner’s commitment to chef-driven and locally-sourced farm-to-table food makes them a perfect fit for the neighborhood,” said Saul Centers’ President J. Page Lansdale.

Situated on the old Rosenthal Mazda dealership site, 750 N. Glebe will be a 12-story mixed-use development, containing 491 luxury rental apartment units plus the 61,000 square feet of retail space. Located in the heart of Ballston, 750 N. Glebe is across the street from the Ballston Quarter redevelopment and three blocks from the Ballston Metro Station, with access to the Orange and Silver lines.

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