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Black Lime Café to Open in Crystal City

by ARLnow.com — November 15, 2012 at 2:00 pm 4,339 22 Comments

Update on 11/19/12 — The restaurant opened briefly but had to shut down due to a sprinkler problem, a PR rep said today (Monday).

“The restaurant was open for about 3 hours and then they encountered a sprinkler problem, forcing them to shut down. The fire department is still at Black Lime Café this morning fixing the issue; they hope to open again tomorrow morning,” we’re told.

Earlier: A new “quick casual” Mediterranean restaurant will be opening in Crystal City tomorrow (Friday).

Black Lime Café, located at 2450 Crystal Drive, will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily. The 2,300 square foot restaurant has seating for 80.

It’s the first of at least a dozen planned Black Lime Café locations in the D.C./Baltimore area, the company says. Named after a Mediterranean spice, Black Lime will offer a Chipotle-like counter service menu, allowing customers to build their own pita, salad bowl or kumpir (baked potato).

“Black Lime Café is a counter-service restaurant offering a build-your-own meal menu which includes authentic favorites such as falafel, black lime chicken and Shawarma marinade flank steak, all complete with homemade hummus,” the company said in a press release. “Black Lime Café also boasts an extensive catering menu for local business and private events.”

This weekend, the restaurant will be celebrating its opening by donating 100 percent of restaurant proceeds to the Armed Forces Foundation, which provides financial support to the families of injured veterans, according to the press release.

Black Lime Café isn’t the only new restaurant concept coming to Crystal City. Owners Paul Stratmeyer and David Levitt are planning to open a second restaurant next door to Black Lime Café. DelMarVa’s Taphouse, as the restaurant will be called, will offer a menu of traditional southern dishes and “local crafted beer and wine.”

DelMarVa’s Taphouse is expected to open in Crystal City in the summer of 2013, according to a PR rep.

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  • BrianKal

    so it’s like Roti?

    • vicar

      sounds exactly like Medi

  • Putin

    Black Slime?

  • WeiQiang

    “It’s the first of at least a dozen planned …” Ambitious.

    I’m game.

  • SHLady

    I’ll try it. good luck to them!

  • Ballston

    They have restaurants in Crystal City?

    • Crystal lite

      Even one named Crystal City Restaurant! You should check it out….

      • SomeGuy

        CCR is great place to expose oneself to Crystal City and it’s vibrant restaurant scene.

    • Michael H.

      Uh, yeah. Do you even set foot out of Ballston?

      • Ballston

        Sometimes, but when I do, it’s not to Crystal City.

  • d

    I’m looking forward to trying it–a lot of new lunchtime options are opening up there!

  • Oz

    Happened to be up in Friendship Heights yesterday and had lunch at Cava Mezze Grill, which seems to be the same concept. If Black Lime is half as good as my lunch yesterday, I’ll be in heaven!

  • CrystalMikey

    I was wondering about the status of the DelMarVa place.

  • ArLater

    They arent open today.,…

    • Exactly

      Talked to the manager. One of their inspections got delayed, so they are looking to open tomorrow.

  • http://URL Dan

    Just went by to try it out today and still not open or looking like it will open tomorrow

  • Darryl

    Yep-still not open….not good PR…

  • Carlos Maupin

    I am so fired up that this place is still not open. What about all the profits donated to the armed forces? What happened to that? District Taco helps starving children.

  • TIm Tebow

    I thought I found salvation with their chick peas & falafel. Nothing but lies from Black Lime and Rex Ryan, lies!

  • nom de guerre

    Since when does the fire department assist a private business with a problem with their sprinkler system?

  • foodhopper

    Place is disgusting stick with roti more flavorful and organic

  • CCDC

    Well worth the wait, this place is delicious. It’s about time Crystal City got something like this, I’ll certainly be back

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