As The Burn first reported back in November, the local New York style deli chain Santini’s was looking at a location in Ashburn on Waxpool Road. (See original story here.) We’re happy to report that the deal is done and construction is underway.
Santini’s has leased a space in the “Ashburn Eats” center on Waxpool just west of Loudoun County Parkway. (Yes, that’s the name of the restaurant center. A sign will be going up at some point.) It’s the same center where Moe’s, Five Guys and The V are located. Santini’s is taking a 3,200 s.f. spot next to Haveli that has been vacant for years, ever since the short-lived Pizza Go Round closed in 2012.
The Santini’s menu is made up of subs and sandwiches, salads and sides, calzones and pizzas. Last year, the brand sold more than 175,000 pizzas at its six stores.
The Santini’s brand was founded in 2003 in Northern Virginia and currently has six locations — Sterling, Oakton, Reston, Fairfax, Chantilly and McLean. Sterling was the original one and there’s a high awareness of Santini’s around Ashburn.
“I think we’ll be a good fit for Ashburn because people in Ashburn know about us thanks to Sterling and Chantilly,” said Robert Lesando, one of the partners behind the brand. “We’ve gotten so many calls and emails from people saying you’ve got to come to Ashburn.”
Right now, the company is targeting a May opening for the Ashburn location.