| The ice skating pavilion in Reston Town Center on a recent Monday night. (Photograph by Kim Olsen.)|
By Kim Olsen
RESTON - On a Monday in late January, Dave Kaminski sits at a high top inside the World of Beer in Reston Town Center. It’s happy hour, and the place is dead.
Kaminski explains that he moved to Reston to work at the World of Beer there because its staff was rumored to make around $15,000 to $20,000 more than other World of Beer locations in Northern Virginia. According to company owner Evan Matz, the Reston World of Beer was the most successful of the 70-plus locations nationwide in 2016. Plus, for Kaminski, who has a background in business, there were opportunities to network with guests through working at World of Beer due to all of the companies in and around the Town Center, like Microsoft and Bechtel.
Now, according to Matz, sales are down “substantially,” over 25 percent, with Fridays–usually its busiest day–down 35 percent. Large groups are canceling, and regulars are migrating to other World of Beer locations in the area. “Monday through Friday, we were always packed with happy hour parties,” says Kaminski. Now, “People are choosing to go elsewhere because of the parking situation.”