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Red Mango Closes in Clarendon

by ARLnow.com | December 2, 2013 at 1:45 pm | 2,882 views | No Comments

Red Mango has closed in Clarendon Red Mango has closed in Clarendon

The Red Mango frozen yogurt shop in Clarendon has closed.

We’re told the store’s last day was Friday. The sign has been removed and the interior has since been almost completely emptied out. Workers could be seen changing the locks today.

Red Mango opened at 2831 Clarendon Blvd on May 21, 2010. It was the first store of its kind to open in Arlington during the most recent frozen yogurt craze. A competitor, Pinkberry, opened one block away in 2011. It remains in business.

The franchisees of the Clarendon Red Mango location could not be reached for comment.

Bailey’s Closes in Crystal City

by Katie Pyzyk | November 20, 2013 at 3:00 pm | 3,390 views | No Comments

Bailey's closes in Crystal CityBailey’s Sports Grille (2010 Crystal Drive) has closed in Crystal City.

Workers could be seen removing the Bailey’s sign from the building today. The Crystal City location has also been removed from the sports bar’s website.

The Bailey’s in the Ballston Common Mall is still open and employees there did not have any information about any possible plans to close.

A tipster tells ARLnow.com that the space formerly occupied by Bailey’s in Crystal City is being considered for a possible music and comedy venue.

Hat tip to @hamblinj

Leek American Bistro Closed?

by Katie Pyzyk | November 13, 2013 at 4:05 pm | 2,950 views | No Comments

Leek American Bistro(Updated at 4:50 p.m.) It appears that Leek American Bistro (801 N. Quincy Street) in Ballston may have closed down.

Tipsters report the restaurant has looked deserted for several days. ARLnow.com staff stopped by today (Wednesday) and noted that the restaurant is dark, the doors are locked and the tables have been removed from the dining area.

Leek opened one year ago this month in the former Thai Terrace space.

Last week, Eater DC posted an article saying Leek closed briefly for renovations. The article included a photo of a sign in Leek’s window indicating the restaurant would re-open last Friday, November 8. That sign was not in the window, however, when ARLnow.com staff stopped by today. Nobody could be seen inside the restaurant, performing renovations or otherwise.

Leek’s Facebook page has not been updated since August. The restaurant’s owner could not be reached for comment.

Toscana Grill in Courthouse Changes Management

by Ethan Rothstein | October 29, 2013 at 9:30 am | 1,602 views | No Comments

Toscana Grill closesToscana Grill is under new management, resulting in some confusion as to whether the restaurant is actually open.

The Italian restaurant’s website, SpaghettiYaFace.com, was recently updated to say the restaurant was closed for good. However, that site was maintained by Joe Smith, who was managing the restaurant the last two years.

Smith’s contract with Toscana’s owner ended last week, but the restaurant, located in Courthouse Plaza (2300 Clarendon Blvd), has continued operations. Manager Nargis Mughal said some changes are planned, including a new menu.

Smith could not be reached via email, but the Spaghetti Ya Face Facebook page announced Oct. 20 that the restaurant shut down. In a reply to a customer comment, Smith or someone else managing the page wrote about the closure: “tried to plan it for November but [the] owner strong armed us.”

Mughal said Smith did not renew his contract because Smith was starting another restaurant in a new city.

Toscana had to close for more than a month earlier this year after a burst pipe covered the restaurant’s floor with three inches of water. It reopened in late June.

Fatshorty’s in Clarendon to Close

by ARLnow.com | October 22, 2013 at 12:00 pm | 5,458 views | No Comments

Fat Shorty'sLess than 7 months after opening, Fatshorty’s in Clarendon is set to close.

The restaurant, which specializes in sausages, mussels, beer and cupcakes, will close on Sunday, Oct. 27, according to an email sent to Groupon customers who previously purchased a coupon for Fatshorty’s.

The restaurant was a collaboration between local restaurateur Aaron Gordon (of Red Velvet Cupcakery and other restaurant concepts) and Hell’s Kitchen winner Rahman “Rock” Harper. It opened in April.

“Yes, we are closing,” Gordon confirmed to ARLnow.com this morning. “Our reasoning is that we were not making enough revenue and are being bought by another restaurant group.”

Additional details were not immediately available.

Fatshorty’s offered a “sausage blow out” this past weekend, offering half-off all sausage sandwiches, according to a Facebook post.

Hat tip to Benjamin M. and Richard H.

Baja Fresh, Zpizza Close in Rosslyn

by Ethan Rothstein | October 16, 2013 at 4:05 pm | 2,460 views | No Comments

Baja Fresh in RosslynThe Baja Fresh and Zpizza in Rosslyn have closed for business.

The restaurants, at 1100 Wilson Blvd, closed earlier this month. In July, the possibility they could close became apparent when Monday Properties, which owns the building, applied for a county permit with plans to combine the two spaces into one restaurant with outdoor seating.

Baja Fresh’s phone is disconnected and the space is closed this afternoon. Much of the interior signage has been removed.

A Zpizza employee at its Lyon Park location confirmed that the Rosslyn location closed last week.

So far, no restaurant has signed a lease for the soon-to-be renovated space, according to Aaron Twersky, marketing director for building owner Monday Properties. However, Monday anticipates signing a restaurant in time for a possible spring or summer 2014 opening.

7-Eleven at Lee Highway and George Mason Closing

by Ethan Rothstein | October 2, 2013 at 4:05 pm | 6,366 views | No Comments

7-11 on Lee Highway and George Mason closingThe 7-Eleven store at the corner of Lee Highway and N. George Mason Drive is expected to close later this month.

Franchise owner Aziz Ali told ARLnow.com that 7-Eleven’s corporate arm instructed him to close his doors by Oct. 21. The building is owned by Virginia Hospital Center, according to property records.

Ali said he and his wife purchased the 7-Eleven franchise earlier this year — in February, according to a 7-Eleven spokeswoman — but was informed two weeks ago that he would have to shut his doors.

“They didn’t tell us anything else,” Ali said. “We were completely in the dark. I asked ‘what if we don’t want to leave?’ and they said ‘we’ll force you out.’”

Before Ali purchased the location, it was a corporate-owned store. 7-Eleven spokeswoman Margaret Chabris said 7-Eleven has operated on a month-to-month lease with the hospital for two years, and had been in negotiations for a long-term lease, but it “could not be renewed at a favorable rate.”

A representative of Sam Torrey Shoe Service, in the storefront adjacent to 7-Eleven in the building, said that its business would remain open.

Escape DaySpa in Clarendon Closes

by Ethan Rothstein | July 31, 2013 at 11:30 am | 2,501 views | No Comments

Escape Day Spa closes (courtesy photo)Escape DaySpa, a nail salon on the ground floor of the Reserve at Clarendon Centre apartments at 3000 Washington Blvd, closed abruptly Monday.

The interior of the space was almost entirely emptied out by Tuesday afternoon, ARLnow.com was told.

The owner left phone numbers for the spa’s nail technicians on the sign, so their regular customers could contact them to try to make appointments elsewhere.

When asked for explanation for the closure, someone answering messages sent to the spa’s email address said only: “The landlord wants the space back after the lease.”

Courtesy photo

Change, Closure for Caribou Coffee in Arlington

by ARLnow.com | April 9, 2013 at 1:55 pm | 2,831 views | No Comments

Caribou Coffee logoThe Crystal City location of Caribou Coffee (2100 Crystal Drive) will be closing at the end of this week and the coffee shop’s Shirlington location will eventually be converted to a Peet’s Coffee and Tea store, ARLnow.com has learned.

According to employees, the Crystal City location will close its doors after Sunday, April 14. The store is currently offering merchandise like coffee, mugs and coffee makers for 50 percent off, we’re told.

The Shirlington location will remain open for now but will be converted to a Peet’s Coffee and Tea store “at some point this fall,” an employee said.

Peet’s, which opened its first store in Berkeley, Calif. in 1966, is majority owned by a German private equity firm that purchased the Caribou chain last year. Caribou announced on Monday that it’s closing 80 “underperforming” stores and converting another 88 to Peet’s locations.

Wiinky’s in Ballston to Close

by ARLnow.com | March 25, 2013 at 1:55 pm | 4,611 views | 76 Comments

Wiinky's in Ballston (photo via Google Maps)(Updated at 2:25 p.m.) Just shy of its two year anniversary, Wiinky’s in Ballston is set to close.

Wiinky’s (3902 Wilson Blvd) will serve its last burgers on Sunday, March 31, according to a sign in the window. Restaurant employees said they were told that Wiinky’s and several other small businesses on the block are closing to make way for a new pet store, possibly a Petco location.

“Unfortunately, the ownership of our building has changed hands and the new landlord has opted not to renew our lease in favor of a large corporation that will pay a much higher price for the space,” the sign said. “We appreciate the support you gave given us the last few years… In the mean time we will be looking for a new location in the Arlington area so don’t be surprised to see a new and improved Wiinkys in the future.”

The burger and hot dog joint opened in April 2011. Despite skepticism about its young owner and its earnest, low-frills food offerings, the restaurant has remained in business and has even attracted a 4/5 star review average on Yelp. A manager tells us business has picked up in the last year and is now “really good,” especially at lunchtime and during late night hours (when it also offers a delivery service).

We’re told that the new Wiinky’s, should it reopen elsewhere, may apply for a permit to serve beer and wine.

“We’re going to keep our ears and eyes open, looking for a place in Arlington,” said owner Ryan Shandel. ”If we find a place that’s affordable and makes sense, then we’ll make a move.”

Shandel said the closure is “a sad and sudden thing to happen,” but added that he’s grateful for the support of the community and for the opportunity to learn while on the job. He said he hopes customers will stop by one last time before the restaurant closes on Sunday.

So far, Petco hasn’t responded to a request for comment.

Hat tip to @PeoplesEyebrow. Photo via Google Maps.

Extra Virgin in Shirlington Closes

by ARLnow.com | March 19, 2013 at 10:00 am | 578 views | 45 Comments

Extra Virgin in Shirlington (photo via Facebook)(Updated at 5:05 p.m.) Extra Virgin restaurant in Shirlington has closed its doors. The Italian eatery announced the closure this morning via Twitter and Facebook.

“We’ll miss all loyal customers,” the restaurant said. “Thank you so much for the good times.”

Said another social media post: “Restaurant items for sale. Call 202-256-0444. Everything must go!!”

Via Twitter, Extra Virgin said that the restaurant closed because it was not making enough money in sales to pay the rent.

As of December, Extra Virgin owed Arlington County $38,402.12 in unpaid meals taxes. That debt has since been repaid.

“All taxes owed by Extra Virgin have been paid so that their present balance is zero,” Arlington County Treaurer Frank O’Leary told ARLnow.com.

Photo via Facebook

Cafe Assorti in Rosslyn to Close

by ARLnow.com | March 15, 2013 at 9:45 am | 3,100 views | 74 Comments

Cafe Assorti in Rosslyn (photo via Facebook)

Cafe Assorti, at 1800 Wilson Blvd in Rosslyn, will be closing its doors on Sunday.

The restaurant served Russian, Eastern European and Kazakh cuisine, as well as pastries, beer and wine. It was open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

It’s unclear why Cafe Assorti is closing. A restaurant employee told us that the owners are looking for a new location in Rockville, Md. and hoping to reopen there in August.

Photo via Facebook

Cucina Vivace Closes in Crystal City

by ARLnow.com | March 14, 2013 at 11:55 am | 25 Comments

Cucina Vivace, at 509 23rd Street S. in Crystal City, has closed.

The restaurant closed last month, to the disappointment of regular customers. Chef/owner Gordon Vivace suggested that the restaurant row on 23rd Street was no longer drawing in the customers he needed in order to stay open.

“That strip is not in good shape and is simply no longer a location where an upscale restaurant can survive,” Vivace told ARLnow.com. “I was presented with an opportunity to leave on short notice, and chose to take it.”

Vivace said he does not plan to reopen.

“I’m going to stick to catering and personal chef services where my food can be my food without compromise to the price people are willing to pay to walk in the door,” he said.

Adam’s Corner Closes in Courthouse

by ARLnow.com | March 5, 2013 at 3:20 pm | 1,709 views | 20 Comments

Adam's Corner in Courthouse has closed Adam's Corner in Courthouse has closed

Adam’s Corner, a hookah lounge and bar at 2319 Wilson Blvd in Courthouse, closed its doors over this past weekend.

It’s unclear why the local watering hole, which also served as a Red Sox and Patriots bar, closed. One business owner on the block said Adam’s Corner was evicted, though that could not be independently confirmed. The interior of the restaurant appeared to be largely empty this afternoon.

The building in which Adam’s Corner was located is set to be torn down to be replaced with a new 8-story office building, displacing the three remaining restaurants on the block: Listrani’s, Thai at Corner and Taste of Tunisia. The business owner said he does not anticipate moving out to make way for construction until next year. A construction timetable could also not be independently confirmed.

One tipster suggested that Adam’s Corner, which opened in 2010, lacked a core brand identity.

“I guess the Red Sox theme coupled with jazz and hookah didn’t pack them in,” the tipster said.

Earlier last month, before the closure, one customer lauded Adam’s Corner on its Facebook page, calling it “probably the only bar in Arlington that even knows how to chill the hell out and relax.”

Underground McDonald’s Closes in Crystal City

by ARLnow.com | March 1, 2013 at 1:30 pm | 1,266 views | 23 Comments

McDonald's logoThe underground McDonald’s in Crystal City has closed and will eventually be replaced with art studios.

The restaurant, at 2155 Crystal Square Arcade, was not visible from the outside; it was entirely inside the underground Crystal City Shops, and thus got most of its business from lunch-goers who work in the area. The closure comes as Crystal City faces higher office vacancies and fewer workers as a result of the Base Realignment and Closure Act (BRAC). As of January, almost 20 percent of Crystal City’s 12.5 million square feet of office space was vacant.

The McDonald’s space is expected to be used as art studio space as part of the Crystal City Business Improvement District’s new “Art Underground” initiative. The project, set to launch on March 16, is intended to transform “five blocks of Crystal City’s interior retail space into a vibrant arts and cultural destination with galleries, studios, interactive exhibits and activities, performance and classroom spaces, and a host of special events.”

The space will be run by the Arlington Artists Alliance and will be open to local artists who are looking for a space “to create, practice and showcase their talents.”

“We’re extremely excited to transform the underground in a way that we think is active and fresh, and really activates the retail space and gives people a reason to come to Crystal City,” said BID president Angela Fox.

Disclosure: Crystal City BID is an ARLnow.com advertiser

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