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Seattle’s Best, California Tortilla Coming to Crystal City

by ARLnow.com — December 27, 2011 at 11:07 am 2,780 12 Comments

A new coffee shop and a new eatery are coming soon to Crystal City.

Interior construction is underway at a new Seattle’s Best Coffee location at 2450 Crystal Drive. The owners were originally hoping to open the store, which is now hiring, in mid-November. No word yet on when the store is now expected to open.

Also coming soon to Crystal City: a new California Tortilla location. The local Mexican restaurant chain is planning on opening a location on the southern portion of Crystal Drive, according to a source familiar with the plans.

The new California Tortilla — which would join the company’s Courthouse and Reagan National Airport locations in Arlington — will compete with a nearby Chipotle at 2231 Crystal Drive and with the District Taco cart, which makes regular visits to Crystal City.

  • CrystalMikey

    Wonder if that coffee shop will stay open past 6?

  • E

    it will

    • CrystalMikey

      It used to bug me when I lived in CC that all the Sbux there would be closed by 6-7.

  • Greg

    I know it’s a chain and all, but I think Chipotle is much better than California Tortilla. District Taco is really good, too.

    • CrystalMikey

      But CalTort also has a bit more variety

      • Greg

        Could be I just had the wrong items lately. I thought it used to be pretty good, but went twice in the last couple of weeks (Courthouse) and was disappointed.

  • E

    Cali tortilla has some collection f sauces

  • Zach

    California Tortilla is the worst fast-casual Mexican food I’ve ever had, bar none. Every other chain Mexican place is better.

    • CrystalMikey

      I don’t know, Baja Fresh takes the worst spot for me.

  • demonfafa

    Just so everyone’s aware:

    Seattle’s Best is owned by Starbucks. It’s not the same coffee (it doesn’t have that same burnt ass flavor everyone but me seems to love), but just in case you were wondering.

  • YTK

    Fine. Now bring a coffeeshop to Columbia Pike. Or– Rappahanock Coffee — how about expanding???

  • Leah K.

    I currently live in CC too and yes, I agree that the coffee shops need to stay open later. A lot of places do as a matter of fact. CC was designed as a big office park that catered primarily too office workers with the typical 9-5 day but CC is more than that and it’s growing bigger every day. They need to have normal business hours. As for the California Tortilla place, all I have to say is “good luck.” Chipotle is amazing and everyone loves Chipotle. When ppl are comfortable with something, it’s hard for them to try new things. It’s that “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality.

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