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Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com — June 27, 2012 at 9:05 am 4,145 129 Comments

New Mexican Restaurant Coming to Clarendon — Less than a month after the closure of Market Tavern in Clarendon, we now know what will take its place. Fuego Cocina and Tequileria is expected to open in the space, at 2950 Clarendon Blvd, later this fall. The casual Mexican restaurant, which will apparently not serve burritos, will be run by the Passion Food Restaurant Group, which also runs Acadiana, Ceiba and District Commons in D.C. [Northern Virginia Magazine]

Gay Pride Event at Pentagon — About 350 people packed a Pentagon auditorium yesterday for the Defense Department’s first celebration of Gay Pride Month. In a videotaped message, President Obama said the hour-long ceremony was held to honor openly gay service members. [Bloomberg]

AWLA to Hold Yard Sale– The Animal Welfare League of Arlington will be holding a “Mutts and Mittens” yard sale this weekend. “The yard sale will include items donated by the public including: art, jewelry, gently used clothing, household items, and more,” according to an AWLA press release. “Funds raised at the yard sale will help care for the birds, hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits, cats, and dogs that enter the Animal Welfare League of Arlington’s (AWLA) doors every day.” The sale will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 30 at the front yard of the AWLA offices at 2650 S. Arlington Mill Drive, near Shirlington.

  • LP

    Huge fan of Ceiba and District Commons – this could be a welcome addition to the neighborhood!

    • ARLwahoo

      Passion Fish out in Reston is amazing seafood, never had an issue with service, ever. It’ll be interesting to see how expensive the fare turns out to be. If they keep is reasonable, they could make a killing.

      • CW

        If they have a happy hour that even remotely resembles Ceiba’s, I’ll be there every single day.

        • ARLwahoo

          Half priced wine Sundays is all I know. They cater to less of the HH crowd and more the richos of the burbs

          • CW

            Sorry, I meant the new place. Getting me to go to Reston would require a hearse.

          • sunflower

            not dead, just rest(i)n

          • HayDiosMio

            i’m in reston right now, town center area is very lovvvvely.. until i drive home tonight y se forma la pendejada de traffic.

    • csjin

      That’s great – the reveiws for all three of their restaurants are positive. Let’s hope its a good thing.

  • CW

    Wait I thought it was in the mkt tavern spot not the 3 spot?

  • LP

    Yeah, just noticed the article I saw says it’s in the Market Tavern spot as well, not the 3 spot.

    See link: http://dc.eater.com/tags/fuego-cocina-and-tequileria

    • http://www.arlnow.com ARLnow.com

      Right, that was a mistake. Fixed now.

  • Justin Russo

    the hour-long ceremony was held to honor openly gay service members

    No, it was held to honor all gay service members, whether open or not.

  • Joan Fountain

    Market Tavern, 3 empty space on the corner, what’s the difference.

  • http://purple.com/purple.html Captain Pup McPuppo

    where was this pic taken? haven’t explored arlington as much as i should.

    • http://purple.com/purple.html Captain Pup McPuppo

      and i know columbia pike, but what part?

      • CrystalMikey

        Near the Pike and Walter Reed. That’s the Drafthouse on the left.

        • http://purple.com/purple.html Captain Pup McPuppo

          ya i’m an idiot. next time just gonna do like a smart human would & look for context clues to figure out the answer myself. just a wolf, tho.

          *howls & opens up a book to get knowledge*

      • http://purple.com/purple.html Captain Pup McPuppo

        thx guys!

        • WeiQiang

          In fact, that’s me on the bike in the red shorts without a helmet.

          • http://purple.com/purple.html Captain Pup McPuppo

            livin’ on the edge, huh?

          • Vicente Fox

            I thought you drove everywhere.

          • WeiQiang

            well, the few blocks to work, of course. i also ride a lot, which I’ve also written about.

          • drax

            Riding to work didn’t occur to you? Or even walking?

          • Arl for Now

            Looks more like a lifeguard from Slovenia or something.

          • WeiQiang

            good eye

          • WeiQiang

            @drax: i did and i have. suffice to say that I use the car during the day also … there is a FroYo shop two blocks away.

      • JR

        Specifically at the corner of the Pike and Highland, looking east. Right here.

    • WeiQiang

      West of Arl Cine Drafthouse, sort of near Bangkok 54 looking east.

    • Arlingtoon

      Columbia Pike looking toward the Pentagon — you can see the sign for the Arlington Cinema and Draft House.

    • FrenchyB

      I had no idea they were adding a copy of the Dublin Spire on Columbia Pike.

      • Prefontaine

        Yes, the IRA blew up the last monument there.

  • Enough already

    I wish someone would enact a “heterosexual pride day” and produce a “heterosexual” bumper sticker. Why does being gay need to be celebrated

    • WeiQiang

      EVERY day is heterosexual pride day, brah.

      • HayDiosMio

        We do need to celebrate “Dia del Pendejo” for you, ‘mano..

        • HayDiosMio

          that was for “enough already” btw…

        • WeiQiang

          todo de los dias son por mi, mi hermanita.

          • WeiQiang

            lol … and I thought I was getting my own day

    • CW

      Uh, maybe because homosexuals have historically experienced all degrees of repression, up to and including persecution and murder, and they are now happy that they can celebrate being treated a bit more fairly. But that’s just a guess…

      • j

        I agree. Enough already.

    • WeiQiang
      • drax

        Well, yes, because every time two gays get married, a hetero marriage explodes somewhere. It’s science.

        • WeiQiang

          If you’re paying attention, you know where I stand on this issue. The man wanted a hetero bumper sticker … I gave him one. The fact that the bumper sticker is emblematic of some oversimplified, intellectually-bankrupt line of reasoning is the ironical-like reason that I used it.

          • drax

            I know, dude, I was agreeing with you. I’m aware that you’re gay.

            Man, sarcasm is tough these days.

          • drax

            Look at G. Clifford’s post below – now there’s some nice sarcasm.

          • WeiQiang

            right? … i realized that after i wrote, bro. not liking the vibe here these days. want to kill a suitcase before Hetero Pride this weekend?

          • drax

            “Kill a suitcase?” Is that some kind of weird gay thing? No way, stay away from me. Stop looking at me too.

          • nom de guerre

            I’m guessing he means he is going to drink a case of beer.

          • drax

            Trying to get me drunk to grope me. I know how these gays think. No, wait, I don’t know, have no idea what gays think about, nope, no images of wet Slovenian lifeguard boys in my head.

    • http://purple.com/purple.html Captain Pup McPuppo

      who needs a “heterosexual pride day” when we all live in a male, white, heterosexual pride world? live like it, seize the day.

      *howls & ponders what i even meant by that last part*

      • Captain Pride McPride-o

        Own it bro.

      • SomeGuy

        “…we all live in a male, white, heterosexual pride world”

        I don’t really see it that way.

        • Juanita de Talmas

          Let me guess. You’re male, white, and heterosexual.

          • SomeGuy

            Let me guess: you’re attempting to stereotype me, which is precisely the type of prejudgment that you’d reject if someone made a similarly insensitive prejudicial comment based on your female hispanic name or your beliefs.

          • Juanita de Talmas

            I’m merely saying that of course one may find it difficult to see the advantages had in a world geared to their own group when one is a member of group. No stereotypes involved.

          • SomeGuy

            I’ll maintain that I don’t really see the world that way. And I’ll even make the generous assumption that you weren’t trying to discount my view based on my race, sex, or sexual identity that you presumed.

          • Juanita de Talmas

            And I’ll maintain that while you may not see the world that way, that doesn’t negate the fact that the world (at least as we know it in this country) is indeed geared toward the white, the male, and the heterosexual. So when you say that you don’t see it that ‘we all live in a male, white, heterosexual pride world,’ you can see how someone might think you are saying “no, that’s not the way it is” as opposed to “I personally don’t see the world that way”. Obviously this has nothing to do with discounting your view based on your race, sex, or sexual orientation but is only saying that these factors may color your perception of said world.

          • SomeGuy

            So if people don’t see the world as “geared toward the white, the male, and the heterosexual,” they have a perception issue. Because “we” (Juanita de Talmas and crew) all know that “indeed” it is. Makes more sense now.

          • Juanita de Talmas

            You certainly enjoy playing the victim, don’t you?

          • SomeGuy

            No. It’s more that I enjoy pointing out hypocrisy and/or lack of basis.

          • Juanita de Talmas

            That must keep you busy considering how you misconstrue things.

          • j

            exactly

        • sunflower

          take off the blinders

    • G Clifford Prout (now moderated for extra purity)

      Gives them a chance to brush up on the “homosexual agenda.”

      6:00 am Gym
      8:00 am Breakfast (oatmeal and egg whites)
      9:00 am Hair appointment
      10:00 am Shopping
      12:00 PM Brunch
      2:00 PM
      1) Assume complete control of the U.S. Federal, State and Local
      Governments as well as all other national governments,
      2) Recruit all straight youngsters to our debauched lifestyle,
      3) Destroy all healthy heterosexual marriages,
      4) Replace all school counselors in grades K-12 with agents of Colombian
      and Jamaican drug cartels,
      5) Establish planetary chain of “homo breeding gulags” where over-medicated
      imprisoned straight women are turned into artificially impregnated baby
      factories to produce prepubescent love slaves for our devotedly
      pederastic gay leadership,
      6) bulldoze all houses of worship, and
      7) Secure total control of the INTERNET and all mass media for the
      exclusive use of child pornographers.
      2:30 PM Get forty winks of beauty rest to prevent facial wrinkles from
      stress of world conquest
      4:00 PM Cocktails
      6:00 PM Light Dinner (soup, salad, with Chardonnay)
      8:00 PM Theater
      11:00 PM Bed (du jour)?

      • drax

        That’s terrible!

        No red wine option?

      • dk (not DK)

        I knew it!

      • http://purple.com/purple.html Captain Pup McPuppo

        NICE

      • MC 703

        Weekday brunch? You ga/uys really have it figured out

        • Captain Brunch McBruncho

          Just by calling it “brunch” during the week, everyone who knows the code knows the deal.

      • just saying

        Exception not the rule, but I’m sure this guy Brinkin in San Fran would be on board with #5 on your list.

        http://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/S-F-gay-rights-advocate-arrested-over-child-porn-3662138.php

    • Em

      Because it’s a celebration of gay culture. There is no “straight culture”. The only thing that heterosexual people, as a group, have ever historically had in common with each other is the power and privilege that comes with being part of the norm.

      Any celebration of “heterosexual pride” would just read to me like a big obnoxious celebration of Not Being Gay.

      • j

        You have got to be kidding, right? You honestly feel this way?

        • Justin Russo

          Do you honestly feel an hour-long ceremony is “enough already”?

          • j

            Her labels on the hetero community is the basis for the comment.

          • WeiQiang

            Labels = power and privilege?

        • drax

          What would a “Straight Pride Parade” look like, j?

          Guys and girls in business casual clothes on plain white floats?

          • j

            Did someone mention a parade? I didnt think so.

          • drax

            I did.

          • WeiQiang

            how do you have a “pride day” without a festival and parade?

        • WeiQiang

          to be fair, Enough Already offered “heterosexual pride” as the counterpoint to the reported “Gay Pride Month” commemoration at the Pentagon. In strictly logical terms, they are not opposites, but the poster set them up that way. Em’s last statement is consistent with the [il]logic used in the original post.

    • drax

      Nobody’s stopping you.

    • The Bigger Issue

      Is that this is the DOD, for God’s sake. Within the military, we should not be segregating the men and women who serve – which is why I thought DADT was ridiculous (even more ridiculous than an outright ban on gay folks serving, which is of course also ridiculous).

      But once we’ve gotten past that, and gay folks are welcome in the military like their heterosexual brothers and sisters, the military should not be in the business of celebrating “diversity”. The military is not about diversity. It is about uniformity. Everyone is the same. The military has no business celebrating [_______] pride, [________] history, etc, etc.

      That kind of behavior causes tension. When you’ve got to rely on the guy behind you – whether he’s gay, straight, black, white, asian, latino, etc, etc – to save your ass in battle, he should not be encouraged by the military brass through some stupid event like this to see you as any different than him.

      • Justin Russo

        When the Pentagon stops recognizing Black History Month, Asian-Pacific Islander Month, stops have chaplins from various religions, etc. I might agree with you.

      • WeiQiang

        I think there will be a time when indifference to previously divisive issues will be a hallmark of the progress we’ve made. As it is, the DoD has made progress – a significant ‘WIN’, if you will – within the past year in eradicating DADT and thereby affirming the right and privilege of all Servicemembers to serve honestly and openly. High-performing organizations celebrate their wins and affirm their progress. Especially in light of historic [and ongoing in some quarters] vitriole toward gay Servicemembers (see the quotes in the article from the FRC and ongoing Congressional efforts to “protect” Chaplains from being “forced” to perform marriages of gay Servicemembers in DoD chapels), DoD leadership is right in my estimation to re-affirm their commitment to the principles that underpinned repeal of DADT. In business, successful organizational trainsitions require commitment (and demonstration of that commitment) to the implementation of that transition. Implementation of repeal of DADT is ongoing. This event is an effective means of continuing to implement while the idiotic battles against gay people move to other venues like chapels.

        I wish the rest of the country could get to the level of indifference that you suggest.

    • Heterosexual Pride Coordinator

      Grindr says that there are 37 bro’s within 2000 feet.

      • Clarendon Skank

        I’m there!

        • WeiQiang

          For the record, I’m shunning you. You got me in trouble. *shun*

          • Clarendon Skank

            “You got me in trouble”

            If you only knew how many times I’ve heard that…

          • G Clifford Prout (now moderated for extra purity)

            Ooooo What’s your Grindr name?

    • Flying Spaghetti Monster

      When people start getting beaten up, fired or killed for being hetero, then you can come whining to me. Until then, STFU.

    • The Bible

      God gave us all of these holes for a reason!!!

  • Tina

    This is great news- this group has some of the best restaurants around. If only they would bring Ten Penh back.

  • Jason

    I understand if the new mexican joint will not offer burritos, but will it offer espresso over ice?

  • cranky crankypants

    Is this a new Mexican restaurant, or is it a New Mexican restaurant? Because I could stand to have some tamales with Christmas.

    • Tabs

      Good point. “wit Christmas”

  • nunya

    Love Guajillo!

    • Juanita de Talmas

      That ain’t Mexican, bro.

      • nunya

        Well, they think they are.

        In any case, they’re good no matter what.

        • Juanita de Talmas

          I find them inconsistent. But they are pretty good when they’re “on”.

          • nunya

            drink enough margaritas, and it’s all good.

            awesome salsa and chips.
            ceviche is the best ive had.

            but then im a gringo.

  • DarkHeart

    Smart of FC&T to acknowledge that Pedro and Vinny have perfected the burrito and all other versions are Scottish.

    • Scotty

      If it’s not scottish it’s CRAAAAP!!

      • MacWeiQiang

        Aonaibh Ri Chéile

    • Homeowner

      When does it stop being haggis and start being a burrito?

      • Scotty

        when they take the lungs and livers out and replace it with other boring meats

      • nom de guerre

        You mean offal meats?

  • Becoming indifferent

    Will the streetcar go to the new Mexican place?

    • Hot Dog

      Only if they move that block to Columbia Pike.

    • JohnB

      You could take the streetcar from anywhere along the line and transfer to the Art 41 at Monroe St and ride it to Clarendon or take the streetcar to Pentagon City Metro and hop the Blue to Rosslyn and transfer to the Orange/Silver and take it to the Clarendon metro, or catch the 10B to Ballston, hop on the Orange/Silver to Clarendon, or…

      • John Fontain

        Sounds easy enough. I’m sure everyone will do that.

        • John K.

          I know I will… when I have an extra 45 minutes to add to the trip… each way.

    • drax

      When the streetcar comes, more restaurants will locate near IT.

      See how that works?

  • Tre_Vick

    Maybe I can play the grand opening

    • HayDiosMio

      play what?

  • John Fontain

    Re: Fuego Cocina (Kitchen Fire). This is just what the neighborhood needs, another ‘high end’ restaurant serving overpriced food. I was really getting concerned that there weren’t enough places selling $12 cocktails and $30 entrees with sides considered ‘extras’ at $6 a pop. But thank goodness this place is going to open up and fill that critical shortage in the neighborhood. We need places like this so we can blow big bucks to make ourselves feel more self-important.

    • Joan Fountain

      No worries, you can always go to Lime Fresh Mexican Grill or Baja Fresh.

      • CW

        As much bad stuff as people say about Lime, I have to give them props for the fact that I rode by yesterday at 7 AM and they already had the beer on ice.

        As a side note, I believe Trev had a hearing today. Anybody know how it went?

      • jackson

        Or the American Buffet place beside the Giant on Route 7. All you can eat, Mr. Fontain! You can leave full, with the self-satisfaction that you’re not one of those suckers who pays more than $10 for dinner! Yum!

        • John Fontain

          You’re right, there should be no in between. And how silly of me not to do cartwheels about paying $12 for a drink.

    • KalashniKEV

      Why don’t you petition the County Board to set aside some space for “Affordable Dining?”

      I’ll split an order of taxpayer subsidized nachos and gubbamint cheese with you!

      • WeiQiang

        It’s ALL government cheese, burrrrrritos, and whatever … subsidies.

        • drax

          +1,000,000!

    • Tabs

      Not an auspicious name.

      I had a Renault Fuego. They overheated; some blew up.

      • AMC

        How about a LeCar Cocina? It won’t blow up, but it won’t ever go anywhere because the transmission won’t last.

    • AllenB

      There’s plenty of non “high end” in that neighborhood too – Whitlows, Faccia Luna, Woodgrill, Mexicali, etc.

      • Juanita de Talmas

        Yeah, Mexicali Blues is about as low-end as you can get.

        • KalashniKEV

          Mexicali is past the end…and needs to end…

  • Mack

    I prefer Arizonan food over New Mexican food.

  • HaydiosMio

    Don’t the Mexicans have enough restaurants in Arlington already? Shesh.

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