October 16, 2015

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Washington, DC - A new Earls opens in Tysons Corner, VA

General Manager Dylan Todd and Head Chef Ryan Spicknell are two great guys who head up a team of amazing staff and really do live up to our motto of believing in people living large, purposeful lives filled with fun!

Earls restaurants - For those of us growing up in Western Canada, we literally grew up with Earls.  We dined there with our family, partied there with our friends, met our future spouses at the bar after work and hosted that business lunch that cinched the deal.

As guests we not only watched Earls grow up, we watched Earls set trends, set standards and create the “upscale casual” concept of dining; relaxed, fun, full-service restaurants that serve great drinks and food in a stylish atmosphere.

Those guests dining with us in the eighties would be pretty excited about where this, still family owned and operated, restaurant group is today. In 2015, we opened our 65th and 66th locations - and they weren’t in small town Canada, they were in Chicago, Illinois and Washington, DC!

Tysons Corner, Virginia (Washington, DC)

Tysons, or Tysons Corner, is located in Northern Virginia within the Washington Metropolitan area 18 km/11 miles west of downtown Washington, DC. Spanning over 90 acres, Tysons Corner is home to two major shopping malls with over 300 specialty and department stores, restaurants and theatres. Tysons Corner also plays host to the headquarters of numerous companies such as Gannett (publisher of USA Today), Hilton Worldwide, Freddie Mac, CapitalOne and Booz Allen Hamilton. It’s a vibrant area and Earls is delighted to be in such a great location!

To Washingtonians, except for the expat Canadians in the city, Earls was just another new restaurant. They didn’t consider us a chain, heck, they had never heard of us!  Not only had they never heard we had excellent food and drinks, they never heard we were also a great employer (In Canada, where we have 59 locations, we were just named the Best Employer in the country).

So with that, the first thing we did was get our management team out to Tysons months ahead to start recruiting staff, join in community events, and because we wanted to show off our food, participate in a few culinary events. The team, made up of a mix of American and Canadian managers, assistant managers and chefs embraced Virginia’s lifestyle and met some amazing people, inlcuding future staff. Eventually they had enough staff on board and when the construction finally finished and the gorgeous restaurant was handed over to the restaurant team, weeks of training began.

Construction & Design

Each of our restaurants are designed uniquely so if you think you know Earls because you have been to one of our locations, you would be wrong. You might be interested to know that each restaurant is very different. The footprint is based on the location of the restaurant, the design based on a team of designers that custom design everything from furniture to windows, lighting, even wallpaper. Local art is curated and commissioned to support local artists and reflect the city or region, while making a major impact on the look of the restaurant. At Tysons, we worked with Washington artist Tim Conlon on an amazing wall piece, as well as Vancouver artist Ricky Alvarez, whose hand poured pewter wall sculpture emulates the streets and intersections of D.C.

Food, Wine & Cocktails

So yes, we are a chain - and as such our core menu, about three quarters of it, is common to many of our restaurants. They are recipes, fresh and made from scratch in house daily, that have been tested – first at our Test Kitchen in Vancouver, then at a few select restaurants across our regions, then to all the restaurants once our guests have given feedback. Tysons also has a number of items that are exclusive to their restaurant, as well as many dishes that we feature only at a very few of our top urban locations. The dishes are unique, ingredient forward, authentic where we work with ethnic dishes, with a fresh American-Canadian style.

Craft cocktails - Well known Beverage Director Cameron Bogue (Daniel Boulud, NY,  Fairmont, Oregon’s Heathman Hotel) has created cocktails that use pure fresh ingredients, whimsical vessels and both classic and trending combinations. His beer list features only local craft beers from the Washington, Virginia, Maryland area. Wines, available by the glass, bottle and on tap, offer both new world and old world selections. We even have a few excellent Canadian wines (nope, not ice wine) from British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley if you’ve never tried it.  

General Manager Dylan Todd and Head Chef Ryan Spicknell are two great guys who head up a team of amazing staff and really do live up to our motto of believing in people living large, purposeful lives filled with fun.

We love the area and feel very welcomed by guests and businesses in the area so it seemed appropriate that we sponsor the Zamboni at the giant ice rink outside the restaurant this winter, after all we are Canadian!

 We’re right on the Silver Line, pop out to Tysons next time you’re in D.C.!  

Check out the menu at Earls Tysons Corner.