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New Cafe Coming to East Falls Church

by ARLnow.com — February 11, 2013 at 10:20 am 860 50 Comments

2121 N. Westmoreland StreetA new cafe is coming to the East Falls Church neighborhood.

Little City Gourmet, described as a “cafe and store,” plans to open at 2121 N. Westmoreland Street on April 15. The cafe plans to have about 16 seats inside and four outdoor seats, according to interior design sketches. It’s also applying for a license to serve beer and wine.

Located on the ground floor of an apartment building, Little City Gourmet is within walking distance of the East Falls Church Metro station and the W&OD Trail, on the same block as One More Page Books.

The cafe is helmed by Rachelle Slotnick, the owner and executive chef of Northwest Fresh Catering in Falls Church. Attempts to reach Slotnick for comment were unsuccessful.

Photo via Google Maps

  • Hee-Haw

    hope this turns out better than the atrocious chasin tails place…

    • Mike

      What’s so “atrocious” about it?

    • outoftowner

      The place is always packed and my roommates love it

      • Hee-Haw

        There is no correlation between capacity of a restaurant and the quality of the food.

    • http://www.chasintailscrawfish.com/ Chasin’ Tails Co-Owner (Au)

      Howdy Hee-Haw (Alliteration!),

      Thank you for your feedback. I have to personally apologize for the negative experience you’ve had at our restaurant. In regards to the over-battered seafood comment, I completely agree! We changed the amount of batter we use about five months ago when we got the same feedback from customers like you. We no longer double batter our shrimp or soft-shelled crab. In addition, we have no problem doing a special request if you want even less batter.

      As stated in other comments, I’ll be the first to admit that we had many kinks to work out in our initial opening but I feel strongly that over the last five months, we’ve improved tremendously. As we developed, we’ve put an even bigger emphasis on quality of food and quality of service.

      I really hope that you consider giving us another shot. I promise the experience will be completely different. If you are willing to give us a second chance, please send an e-mail over to contact@chasintailscrawfish.com and we’ll make sure you’re taken care of. It’s the least we can do considering your previous negative experience.

      Thanks for your criticisms; listening to our customer’s opinions is the only way we can continually improve.

      Best wishes,
      Chasin’ Tails

  • urban dweller

    Why Hee-Haw, don’t like something different and fresh like what Chasin Tale’s has brought, cajun to the area. Are you like every other carbon copy Arlingtonian who just wants another Froyo or burger spot?

    • Hee-Haw

      No, its cause they don’t know how to cook seafood. Additionally, all of their fried food (which should be safe) is overbattered.

      • Karl Marx

        I’m going to have to back up HH on this – Chasin’ Tails is a disgrace.

        • Greg

          Agreed. Used to live down the street. Went opening night and twice after — every time disappointed. Bad service, bad drinks, bad food. Still shocked it is crowded whenever I see it.

          Hope this place brings something good to the table for the area.

          • http://www.chasintailscrawfish.com/ Chasin’ Tails Co-Owner (Au)

            Greg,

            Thanks for your feedback. I’m sorry for the negative experiences you had and I’ll be the first to admit that within three months of our opening we had a huge number of kinks. For the service, our staff was not adequately trained. For the food, our cooking processes were not refined. I appreciate you giving us multiple chances when you lived close and am disappointed that we left you with a bitter taste.

            I’m trying to be objective here (no guarantees :P) when I say we have improved on every single aspect. About four months in, we put a training program in place for our servers and have been improving on that program ever since. Whenever we’ve gotten customer criticisms about a particular dish, we go back into the kitchen, see what the problem is, and if necessary, rework the recipe. The same goes for our cocktails/drinks at the bar.

            I believe that if we were the exact same restaurant we were when we first opened, we’d be out of business. Please don’t be shocked if you see us full, but take a step back and ask, “Is it because they’ve improved so much that they’re crowded?”

            Again, thank you for your feedback. I am genuinely appreciative of your comments because it’s customers like yourself who help and motivate us to improve. I’m always thankful for the compliments we receive from our customers, but I’m even more grateful when a customer critics us and in turn, helps us become a better restaurant.

            It would be great if you gave us another chance, so we could show you how different of an establishment we are now. Please send an e-mail over to contact@chasintailscrawfish.com and we’d be happy to take care of you if you gave us another opportunity.

            Take care,
            Chasin’ Tails

        • http://www.chasintailscrawfish.com/ Chasin’ Tails Co-Owner (Au)

          Hey Karl,

          I apologize for the sub-par experience you must have had at Chasin’ Tails. It would be great if you could elaborate on what happened so that we could fix the problem in the future. Thank you for your feedback.

          Sincerely,
          Chasin’ Tails

  • http://www.iammike.org Mike

    No, really, Chasin’ Tails is bad. Great concept, but poor staff and even worse kitchen. It’s the only restaurant within walking distance of my house that I don’t frequent.

    Unfortunately for this cafe, this location is terrible and they will fail unless they’ve got something really special.

    • http://www.chasintailscrawfish.com/ Chasin’ Tails Co-Owner (Au)

      Dear Mike,

      Thank you for your feedback. I appreciate the compliment about the concept and appreciate your criticisms as well. As stated in other comments, I’ll be the first to admit that we had a ton of kinks to work out in our opening months. I can say with full confidence that we’ve worked out a majority of them and our quality of service and quality of food have improved tremendously.

      I apologize for the negative experience you had but hope that you would give us a second chance to show you how much we’ve changed since the beginning. Please send us an e-mail at contact@chasintailscrawfish.com and we’d be happy to take care of you. It’s the least we can do considering your negative experience with us.

      Thank you,
      Chasin’ Tails

  • Lalalynn

    Because of the odd location, you really need places that folks within walking distance will frequent. I don’t see eating at Chasin Tails often. And with the service and price, I don’t ever plan on returning. And I live really close.

    If “Gourmet” means overpriced sandwiches, this place doesn’t stand a chance. For the neighborhood , it needs to be reasonably priced and kid friendly.

    • http://www.chasintailscrawfish.com/ Chasin’ Tails Co-Owner (Au)

      Dear Lalalynn,

      Thank you for your feedback. I’m sorry to hear about the negative service you received at Chasin’ Tails. I will be the first to agree that the service in our earlier months of operation were not up to par. I do want to let you know that we’ve improved substantially in the quality of service over the last five months.

      In regards to the pricing, we will be starting some happy hour food specials in the near future (happy hour is 5-7PM on weekdays and 3-7 on Fri, Sat, and Sun).

      It would be great if you gave us another opportunity to show you how much we’ve improved. I really feel like there’s a world of difference between the earlier days of Chasin’ Tails and the point that we are at now. Please send an e-mail to contact@chasintailscrawfish.com and we’ll be happy to take care of you.

      Sincerely,
      Chasin’ Tails

  • Michael Nardolilli

    Welcome to the neighborhood Little City Gormet! I urge all of my fellow neighbors in the Arlington East Falls Church Civic Association to check it out!

    • Never Forget

      Not if you are going to eat there…..some of us remember the EFC debacle……..

      • NotSteve

        What debacle? Refresh our minds..

        The word is out that this “Association” is more like a mafia… Don’t get me started on the street parking issue.

        • Never Forget

          http://www.arlnow.com/2011/04/17/board-approves-east-falls-church-development-plan/
          Who can forget the EFC meeting where Nardolilli and his pal told a fellow resident to “Shut Up”…

          • Isn’t that the Arlington Way

            tell any one with a dissent view point to “shut up” and this has issue is already decided and we are only providing you an update.

          • Michael Nardolilli

            “Never Forget” “remembers” something that never happened. The East Falls Church Plan was the result of a three year open process that ended with a vote of all Task Force Members — 14 to 4 in favor of the Plan. How many other County Task Forces involve actual votes? Everyone who wanted to comment had multiple opportunities to do so. Anonymous unverifiable postings making outrageous claims about private citizens does not advance the dialogue.

          • Never Forget

            Wow, how quickly they forget….I am sure that most of the people at that meeting remember that exchange.

      • DaGruffalo

        Refresh our minds, what debacle?

      • DaGruffalo

        What was the EFC association issue?

        • DaGruffalo

          sorry, my browser wasn’t refreshing…. thought it didn’t post.

  • John

    Speaking of this area…Does anyone know whatever happened to the planned development for the EFC Metro surface parking lot?

    • BBMS

      There never has been any plan for the parking lot. The county passed some zoning framework for what could be built there in the future, but nobody has stepped up with anything specific. At least not that I have seen.

  • Old Yeller

    That location has “fail” written all over it. I can’t see Chasin’ Tails lasting more than a year or two. Summer was kind to them with the outdoor seating, but it’s a ghost town most nights when I drive by. Bear Rock was a more fitting concept, family friendly and a reasonable price point. But trying to park there was a nightmare, and there’s just not enough restaurant-seeking foot traffic in that area. While I like the mixed-use development concept, without reasonable, obvious parking, the retail part always seems like a struggle.

    • Hee-Haw

      I say good food trumps the bad location thing. Unfortunately, chasin tails also has bad food.

      • no

        It’s not bad.

        • Hee-Haw

          It’s not good either.

    • Lalalynn

      With more apartments opening on Lee Highway a place around there might stand a chance. We live nearby and would welcome a reasonably priced cafe with a good variety. We eat at Elevation Burger at least once a week and would love to substitute one of those for something in walking distance.

      But the horrible parking is a problem.

      • cyclist

        I park there with no problem after working off my weekly burger on the bike trail that goes right past it.

        • Billy

          You could park in the apartment garage, they have some space for retail parking

    • NotSteve

      Bear rock was the idea “concept” but poor execution.

      Parking is not even a problem, you can park across the street at the animal hospital after hours and also use the underground parking at crescent.

      Neighborhood traffic is enough. The amount of people that walk dogs, kids and bike through the trail is big. The we are very underserved in this area. If a restaurant delivers quality, the neighbors will come.

      I like Tri360 but i was sad to see they took over the larger retail space. For a while i was trying to talk Meat in a Box to move over here! =P

  • ArlGirl

    I’m actually excited for this place and seeing some more fun options come to the area. And yes, while parking in that area is a pain – it’s really bike friendly and has a lot to offer. Tri360 is awesome, the French Cafe on the corner does well, I love One More Page and honestly, I don’t have a problem with Chasin’ Tails – it’s a fun restaurant if you don’t mind getting a little messy.

  • NotSteve

    Lalalynn nailed it. Location is not the problem. 250+ units at the crescent plus 128 at the westlee, plus all the neighborhood housing all around. Not ONE place you can just walk in and grab a reasonable bite. The French restaurant’s cafe side has failed to deliver over and over again. Food is medicore and overpriced, who knows when it’s open.

    Chasin Tails I don’t care for because it’s seafood but it seems to be doing well still. Not just a fad. The problem there is that its more like a special occasion place, not something I take my kids too or swing by. They tried lunch, failed. Portions were enormous for lunch and priced accordingly. You couldn’t eat lunch here without spending $17.00 by the time you walked out. So of course, they stopped doing it cause no one would go.

    So Little Gourment, Listen up:
    - Kid friendly
    - Food options
    - Right price for a family
    - be ready for the metro walkers in the morning and the evening when we don’t want to cook.
    - lunch they will come too. have it at the right price $6.99 lunch deal will have repeat customers several times a week (other local business, telework, shift people in both buildings).

  • Live nearby

    I live nearby and agree that Chasing Tails will fail, the manger is arrogant and unresponsive, they have all these arcane rules, like you can sit here and get happy hour, but not outside. What? Overpriced and too limited menu. We always just walk up to Clare n Dons, irelands 4ps, and Dogwood. Friend of mine said his Dad submitted study on EFC metro lot and now are waiting on response. Hope it’s developed in my lifetime.

    • http://www.chasintailscrawfish.com/ Chasin’ Tails Co-Owner (Au)

      Hello person who lives nearby (PWLN),

      We’re so sorry for the way that manager treated you. You may be happy to hear that we have an entirely new management team who are nice and sweet as can be. Please allow me to address some of your comments.

      PWLN: “the manger is arrogant and unresponsive”
      CT: We promise that you’ll never see that from our new management team and we apologize for that negative experience you had with our previous manager. That really is unacceptable and will not happen again.

      PWLN: “they have all these arcane rules, like you can sit here and get happy hour, but not outside. What?”
      CT: We’re sorry about that confusion. We changed this silly rule about two months into our opening and since then, happy hour (5-7PM on weekdays, 3-7PM on Fri, Sat, & Sun) has been throughout the entire restaurant.

      PWLN: “Overpriced and too limited menu. “
      CT: We’re going to be rolling out some great happy hour food specials for the weekdays in the future, so be on the look out for that. In addition, we changed our menu substantially since you’ve last visited! It’s a five page menu now instead of the
      single sheet, we have a salad section, and added many more Cajun dishes/desserts.

      PWLN: “We always just walk up to Clare n Dons, irelands 4ps, and Dogwood. “
      CT: We love those restaurants as well!

      Thank you for allowing us to clear that up. We hope you’re able to give us another shot because we feel that we’ve improved tremendously since the last time you’ve visited. It would be great if you gave us another opportunity to show you our improvement. Please email us at contact@chasintailscrawfish.com and we’ll set you up with something nice since we feel terrible about your encounter with our previous manager.

      Best regards,

      Chasin’ Tails

    • http://www.chasintailscrawfish.com/ Chasin’ Tails Co-Owner (Au)

      Hello person who lives nearby (PWLN),

      We’re so sorry for the way that manager treated you. You may be happy to hear that we have an entirely new management team who are nice and sweet as can be. Please allow me to address some of your comments.

      PWLN: “the manger is arrogant and unresponsive”
      CT: We promise that you’ll never see that from our new management team and we apologize for that negative experience you had with our previous manager. That really is unacceptable and will not happen again.

      PWLN: “they have all these arcane rules, like you can sit here and get happy hour, but not outside. What?”
      CT: We’re sorry about that confusion. We changed this silly rule about two months into our opening and since then, happy hour (5-7PM on weekdays, 3-7PM on Fri, Sat, & Sun) has been throughout the entire restaurant.

      PWLN: “Overpriced and too limited menu. “
      CT: We’re going to be rolling out some great happy hour food specials for the weekdays in the future, so be on the look out for that. In addition, we changed our menu substantially since you’ve last visited! It’s a five page menu now instead of the
      single sheet, we have a salad section, and added many more Cajun dishes/desserts.

      PWLN: “We always just walk up to Clare n Dons, irelands 4ps, and Dogwood. “
      CT: We love those restaurants as well!

      Thank you for allowing us to clear that up. We hope you’d consider giving us another shot because we’ve improved tremendously since the last time you’ve visited. Please feel free to email us at contact@chasintailscrawfish.com and we’ll set you up with something nice since we feel terrible about your encounter with our previous manager.

      Best regards,

      Chasin’ Tails

  • Old School

    I am a huge fan of Le Marche which is the breakfast / coffee section of La Cote D’Or. Very nice people and outdoor seating.

    On a side note the Chasin’ Tail’s group never invited any of their neighborhood merchants to join in at their opening night (very rude).

    • http://www.chasintailscrawfish.com/ Chasin’ Tails Co-Owner (Au)

      Dear Old School,

      I agree that Le Marche is top notch!

      In regards to your comment of “On a side note the Chasin’ Tail’s group never invited any of their neighborhood merchants to join in at their opening night (very rude),” we apologize that we missed someone ☹.

      I know it’s no excuse but there was so much going on at the time of our opening that it was very possible that some merchants fell between the cracks. I personally invited all of the Westlee retail, the animal hospital, the car repair shops, the Bank of America, and a few more businesses but I must have missed some.

      Again, I apologize and want you to know that it was not intentional if we left anybody out our opening night.

      Thanks,

      Au

  • Pedro

    I think Chasin’ Tails does a pretty good job, although I wonder if the crawfish is undercooked sometimes. But it’s fun to pour a bucket of mudbugs across your table and go to work. The lobster catching machine is a fun addition. Parking is a disaster, the area is in desperate need of a dedicated garage. I was hoping a pho or thai place would move in to that space but am hopeful that this market thing will have good sandwiches and salads.

  • Little City Gourmet

    Hello! We at Little City Gourmet are very excited to be opening soon in your neighborhood. Thank you for your comments and suggestions. We hope to have something for everyone. In the morning we will serve gourmet coffee drinks with homemade breakfast breads and pastries, freshly made grab-and-go sandwiches and salads are available for lunch, and tapas, beer, wine and yummy desserts in the evening. For those who want to pick something up for dinner, we will offer Daily Dinners, a ready to heat-and-eat meal that can be ordered in advance through our website or in person. We appreciate your feedback and would love some suggestions for kid-friendly options!

    • http://www.chasintailscrawfish.com/ Chasin’ Tails Co-Owner (Au)

      Hello Little City Gourmet,

      Welcome to the neighborhood! We look forward to your opening and know you’re bringing something awesome to the area. It would be great if you stopped by whenever you’re in the area; we’d love to meet you in person.

      Your neighbor,

      Chasin’ Tails

      • restaurant

        Hi, I’m a talking restaurant too, can I join in your conversation?

      • CW

        Ok, give it a rest already. This isn’t yelp or tripadvisor.

        • http://www.chasintailscrawfish.com/ Chasin’ Tails Co-Owner (Au)

          Hey CW,

          Sorry but we feel that it’s important that we try our hardest to make sure our customers are happy and satisfied. We failed to do that the first time, so the least we can do is address their criticisms and show them that we are thankful for their feedback because it helps improve our restaurant.

          Take care,
          Chasin’ Tails

        • WeiQiang

          lighten up, francis

  • james george

    here’s to advertising. not like it’s going to matter in 5 years when they’re chased out due to high taxes and rent.

    whatever. just another venue that will be pushed away by major franchise.

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