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Cafe Wilson Closes in Clarendon

by ARLnow.com — October 24, 2011 at 9:01 am 3,815 32 Comments

Cafe Wilson (3033 Wilson Blvd) closed up shop on Friday.

The cafe and deli was noted for its vegan sandwich options and its close proximity to the Clarendon Metro station.

The cafe’s owner told ARLnow.com that she was not given the option of renewing her lease, though she would have liked to. The owner, who declined to give her name, said she hopes to reopen at some point in a different location on Wilson Boulevard.

  • Lamawhat

    Bummer…..always enjoyed the simplicity of the place.

  • JamesE

    Coming soon, Cafe America Pizza Tap Room Burgers

    • Swag

      That place sounds awesome…

    • Clarendude

      Add ‘Tavern’ at the end :)

      Wilson Tavern will be “opening soon” in the former Kitty O’Shea’s.

    • jinushaun

      You forgot to add “pollo” or “Lebanese” to that. This area sure does have a lot of those. I don’t know how they all stay in business.

      • CW

        If you ever tasted their food you would understand…yum!

  • DarkHeart

    Big Belly Deli was tasty.

  • Tabby

    Argh! They’re not the warmest people but they made a good sandwich! There are so few good, affordable options for breakfast.

    Come to Columbia Pike! You could be Cafe Columbia.

  • R. Griffon

    Aww. It’s always sad to see small neighborhood places get edged out when the real estate becomes too valuable. Of course I’m speculating here, but I can’t imagine any other reason that they wouldn’t have been given the option to renew. My guess is the owner intends to double the rent and lease it out to something more corporate.

    • Lee-n-Glebe

      Bingo. “Not given the option to renew” is code for “Landlord wanted to raise the rent too much.” I’m willing to bet that the option to renew was actually offered, but at current market rates. Business is tough.

      • charlie

        just as the deli wasn’t going to sell a sandwich for anything less than market rate the landlord shouldn’t be expected to lease for anything less than market rate.

        • Lee-n-Glebe

          Agreed. Business is tough.

  • BizzySmalls

    I heard they are putting in a bank there.

    • drax

      The area is woefully short of banks. And frozen yogurt and pizza.

    • Rick

      There’s already a shuttered PNC in that building.

  • Erin

    Awe, I am bummed. I loved their sandwiches, and they were reasonably priced. I agree with the above poster about the shortage of sandwich places, and I think the old furniture store/7-11 on Columbia Pike would be a great spot. Sure, Bob & Edith’s is right down from there, but if you have seen the weekend crowds at B&E’s, you would recognize there is more than enough to go around.

    • Tabby

      Someplace with a kitchen already would be better–how about the old Peruvian chicken place around the corner from Drafthouse?

      • Erin

        Oh yes, good call!

  • http://blacknell.net/dynamic/ MB

    Chatted with the owner for a while about it. I’m optimistic about her reopening. In any event, it’s a loss for Clarendon.

  • Hank Hill

    could it be that people do not want vegan sandwhiches?

    • Tabby

      I’m neither vegan nor vegetarian but enjoyed this place.

  • karzai

    What smoothie place will be opening there now?

    What we need is a really good Asian fusion restaurant, maybe in the location in that building that PNC bank vacated. I tried to talk to the owner of Raku about opening in Clarendon, but he did not understand the area well enough to bite on the idea. The PNC bank location (vacated) has a big area outside it which has great outdoor table patio potential.

  • Your Mom

    Vegan sandwich options???? Who cares about vegan options???? Another nice article ARLNOW.

    • Carol_R

      Well I’m not a vegan but I’m a vegetarian so I care about vegetarian options. There just aren’t that many restaurants that have anything at all on their menu for those of us who don’t eat meat.

  • Hank Hill

    we need BBQ

  • MC

    Noticed it gone this morning. Big loss for vegan dining options. Clarendon really needs a vegetarian-only restaurant given the bacon and burger fried bar food grease the has taken over.

    • CW

      Vegetarian-only? Because you’re too good to even share a room with omnivores? Quit whining and go hit Delhi Club for the best Indian in the city.

  • Nostradamus

    I had 8 holes punched on my Big Belly Deli card too – 2 away from a free sandwich. There goes my free lunch.

    • Anton Noosbusch

      There’s no such thing as a free lunch

  • Clarendon

    This would be a good location for The Italian Store…

  • B

    I hope they reopen somewhere around clarendon , but this area really needs good sushi place.

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