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Rabbit Salad and Grill Plans Tuesday Opening

by ARLnow.com — July 22, 2011 at 3:23 pm 4,423 49 Comments

With the crucial Certificate of Occupancy finally in hand, Rabbit Salad and Grill (3035 Clarendon Blvd) is preparing to open to the public on Tuesday.

The eatery, one block from the Clarendon Metro station, will feature chef-crafted salads, sandwiches, hot plates and Red Velvet cupcakes. When its liquor license goes through, Rabbit will also serve wine by the glass and $4.50 draft beers.

Owner Aaron Gordon says he’s planning a soft opening on Tuesday, preceded by a Bisnow-sponsored event on Monday. The restaurant’s normal hours will be 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

  • novasteve

    Wow, they have a lot of marijuana references on their menu.

    • Lou

      It works for Baked & Wired.

  • Aaron

    $7.50 for a plain grilled cheese. $10.50 for a grilled chicken sandwich? Out of their minds.

    • Henry

      Sad thing is you know people will buy them.

      • WHo cares

        Not really, business will be closed.

    • Maeve

      Where do you see the menu? I went to the website but all I see is a rabbit driving a carrot. Cute, but not a menu.

      • Aaron

        Maeve — it’s in the pics that Scott posted

    • novasteve

      But you get a simple salad with it, which I bet is more than a side salad. I think their shtick is salad, and then the sandwich is extra… And yes I believe the comparisons with the real estate or rent here is pretty valid. Even I might check this place out, and I despise virtually every establishment here.

  • Henry

    $7.50 for a PB&J better mean a REALLY good one.

  • Brian

    Don’t forget $14.50 for a beet salad with protein … I give this place 6 months max. Price themselves right out of the market. I love trying new places, but not for $10+ (likely) for a grilled cheese and soda.

    • CW

      $600,000 for a one-bedroom condo? And $500 a month in fees? I say maybe they find two or three buyers who will fall for that. They’re going to price themselves right out of the market!

      Oh wait.

      • http://arlingtondirt.blogspot.com/2010/12/county-board-watch.html TGEoA

        Where are the 600k 1 bedrooms?

        • CW

          Yeah, you’re right. $600k is usually bordering on 2 bedroom territory. My bad.

          Although the 1BRs at the new Gaslight building are being advertised starting at $750K. But you’d probably come back and say “well, that’s a luxury building, so it doesn’t count”.

          • Juanita de Talmas

            Well, it is. Nobody living in that building will be the patrons of the likes of Mr. Days.

          • CW

            Right, but the comment wasn’t about Mr. Days. It was about someone asserting that no one would pay $14 for a beet salad. All I’m saying is that people are snapping up 1BRs for, more realistically, $450k and lining up for frozen yogurt at $6 a pop and cupcakes at $4, so yes, they probably will.

    • Tre

      The retail rental rates for these new buildings demand these type of prices… you can thank the commercial real estate investors.

  • John

    I’m glad the developer/architect kept the facade of the old building. It’s not so generic and the restaurant stands out.

    Clarendon needs more informal cafes like this. And I like the clean, contemporary interior design–although it kind of looks like a Chipotle.

    • Mohammed Yasser Abdel Rahman Abdel Raouf Arafat al-Qudwa al-Husseini

      Clarendon needs more informal cafes like this.

      Yes, but with informal cafe prices, not ones more suitable to Ruth’s or Morton’s.

  • steve85

    What a dumb name for a place to eat at. Hey Baby let’s go eat @ Rabbit Salad. But honey I don’t eat rabbit. I know baby that’s just the name of the place. HAHAHAHA. Maybe they will put rabbit in your salad. That will be gross. I will not attend there.

    • doodly

      I am going to go in there and insist they serve me a rabbit salad, then post the hilariousness on YouTube.

      • Richard Cranium

        I’ll watch it.

    • Alex Forrest

      Wait – you mean they DON’T serve rabbit? Dammit, I was just getting excited to go!

  • JimPB

    The new restaurants seem to be opening on the premise that no one eats at home anymore. True? How often/wk do you eat out (including at drive-thrus), eat at a home?

    An innovative (and arguably welcome) feature would be Hasenpfeffer (rabbit stew), featuring local, organic (hopefully) fed, free range choice rabbits.

  • Elmer F.

    Wabbit Salad!

    No, Duck Salad!

    No! Wabbit Salad!

    • Tre

      +1

  • katharine

    Red Velvet cupcakes? Wish they would support our local community and get cupcakes from Bakeshop. Plus, Bakeshop really does have the best cupcakes in the DC area IMHO.

    • Tre

      They own red velvet…

  • atown

    Ok, so yesterday there’s a Bunny Boom article and today we talk about Rabbit Salad restaurant… I guess they came to the right place? Haha… sorry, lame, but I had to. :)

    • Tre

      Same…even though I know Rabbit is a restaurant opening soon I still pictured little pieces of fluffy and peter in mesculin mix after I read “Rabbit Salad”.

  • novasteve

    You people are either dense or have never had rabbits as pets before. Rabbits eat veggies. They love veggies. If you gave the salads on the menu (minus the meat in them) to a rabbit, they would chow down on it. Maybe that’s not exactly what people want, but the name is very suitable given I have extensive experience of having had rabbits as pets, and at least my rabbits don’t crap all over the court house area like you do with your dumb dogs.

    • PigPen

      They’re not dense, and yes people get that rabbits like greens. It just sounds funny once you think of it in terms of: tuna salad, seafood salad, egg salad, chicken salad…rabbit salad. And yes, rabbits make great pets for some people but it wasn’t so long ago they were an acceptable form of food too – do you think Elmer Fudd would have been so popular if wabbit hunting was taboo back in the day?

      • KalashniKEV

        Rabbit is still an “acceptable” and delicious food.

    • http://www.arlnow.com/2010/10/16/motorcyclist-killed-in-collision-on-route-50/?replytocom=11088#respond Lauren

      I grew up with a beautiful rabbit as a pet. It hated vegetables but LOVED cheese. Honest truth. Oh – now I remember, it also loved my Mom’s plants in the yard :)

      Never have and never will eat rabbit. Just can’t do it.

    • doodly

      Yeah, steve, nobody here but you are aware that rabbits eat vegetables and that’s the reason for this restaurant’s name.

  • Chris

    Everyone here is so cynical. Clarendon has a thriving restaurant scene (for dinner, especially). Yet it has been largely devoid of a decent variety of places to grab a quicker meal for dine in or, especially, take out for lunch or dinner. For the busy professionals in this area who just don’t have time to cook (me), places like this are a welcome addition to the neighborhood. Pizza and burgers are great. But it will be great to be able to go grab a healthy meal on the regular occasion when I get home from work after 8 or 9 p.m. And if I have to pay 2 or 3 bucks premium for the convenience… well isn’t that why I moved here in the first place? CONVENIENCE! Now if District Taco would just open a location in Clarendon…

    p.s. Enough w/the cupcakes. Jesus Christ, who is buying these things on a regular basis? Who eats cupcakes more than 1 or 2 times a year?

    • Steve

      I’ts not just cynicism. It’s the nasty people that come to this area, just showing their nastiness.

    • KalashniKEV

      I’m not complaining about the price at all, but you should understand that normal cafe pricing includes $2 or $3 “for convenience” and Rabbit includes $2 or $3 “for convenience” plus $2 or $3 for being part of the whole slow food, locavore, organic, Alice Waters scam.

      If that’s your thing, then go for it…

  • G Clifford Prout

    Enjoy these places while you can. It will be soup kitchens for everyone after the children on Capitol Hill throw the world into economic tailspin.

    • R.Griffon

      It’d be funny if it wasn’t true

    • doodly

      And the sign on the place will say “Pets or Meat.”

  • KalashniKEV

    Despite my criticism above, I may go to the BisNow thing tonight just to check it out…

    • CW

      Couple hours of open bar for 40 bucks…why the hell not?

  • karzai

    TRADER JOE’S CONSTRUCTION STARTS!!!!

    Walked by the location on my way to the metro this A.M. The door was open, workmen were there, they even had some metal studs up on the wall already ((:00 AM).

    Finally…..

    • CW

      They’ve been moving materials in and out for some time, but it’s nice to see visible progress.

      They’ve also got the windows on the Garfield side unit papered over. I was meaning to take a peek through the cracks but I forgot. I’m still curious as to what they’ll be using that spot for.

      • karzai

        Yeah, I saw the materials stored in the Garfield side of the location and then the papering over of the windows there. I had thought that that site is going to be part of the Trader Joe’s – a separate part of the store, or an annex, or something. Or maybe they will use that side to store merchandise they can’t display.

        • CW

          Maybe an experimental pilot location for a Trader Joe’s Cafe? Let’s get that rumor mill churning.

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