Although there were rumors about a Chick-fil-A or a sushi restaurant coming to the area, it turns out that Coal Fire Pizza will move into the vacant storefront at 9276 Old Keene Mill Rd., according to permits filed with Fairfax County.
The property formerly housed the Shiro Japanese Steak House, which closed in 2011.
Coal Fire Pizza, whose motto is "charred to perfection," will specialize in pizza that is prepared in (you guessed it) a coal fire oven. They will also serve wings, pasta, sandwiches and salads.
Back in March, DC Eater wrote about Coal Fire Pizza's plans to expand in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
Once open, the restaurant will be the first Coal Fire Pizza location in Virginia. The company already has locations in Ellicott City, Gaithersburg, Frederick, Gambrills, and Hunt Valley in Maryland.
It will also be the third new pizza restaurant to move into the Burke-area. Giardino, an Italian restaurant that specializes in brick oven pizza, opened in the Kings Park Shopping Center in October. Little Caesars is also scheduled to open soon in the Burke Towne Center.
A call to Combined Properties, who owns the shopping center, about the restaurant's opening date was not returned on Thursday.