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Photos: Crystal Couture 2014

by ARLnow.com | February 5, 2014 at 1:45 pm | 553 views | No Comments

Crystal City’s annual Crystal Couture fashion show and sale got underway last night.

The show is being held through Saturday, every night from 6:00-10:00 p.m., across from the Crystal City Metro station at 251 18th Street S. In addition to models showing off the latest fashions from local designers, Crystal Couture features a cash bar, free makeovers and boutiques from more than 50 retailers.

Philippa Hughes of Pinkline Project guest hosted Tuesday night. Other scheduled hosts include 94.7 Fresh FM’s Tommy McFly (Friday) and WPGC’s Guy Lambert and former Miss D.C. “K Street” Kate Michael (Saturday).

Disclosure: Event organizer Crystal City BID is an ARLnow.com advertiser.

Police Investigate Armed Robbery

by ARLnow.com | February 3, 2014 at 3:15 pm | 2,585 views | No Comments

Arlington County police car (file photo)Update at 11:55 p.m. — Police say that the victim reported the crime on Friday afternoon. The actual crime took place at 11:00 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30, we’re now told.

Arlington County Police are investigating an armed robbery that took place on a weekday afternoon.

The alleged incident happened just before 2:00 p.m. this past Friday, on the 2700 block of S. Eads Street near Crystal City. Police say a 37-year-old woman was approached by a man with a gun and robbed of her purse and cell phone. The armed man then handed the stolen items to a second suspect before fleeing toward nearby Eads Park.

There’s no indication that the woman was hurt during the robbery.

“The first suspect is described as a Hispanic male, in his early twenties, and approximately 5’3”. He was wearing a dark knit hat, dark scarf covering his face, a dark coat, and jeans at the time of the incident,” the crime report states. “The second suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his early twenties with curly black hair, and approximately 5’5” with a thin build. At the time of the incident he was wearing a black and blue hooded coat and dark pants.”

Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com | January 30, 2014 at 10:15 am | 704 views | No Comments

"Dusting" (Flickr pool photo by Ddimick)

Renovations for Crystal City Sheraton — The Crystal City Sheraton hotel (1800 Jefferson Davis Highway) will close in mid-April and undergo renovations.. The 218-room hotel will reopen as a Westin. Nearly 100 workers will be laid off during renovations. [Washington Business Journal]

New Signage for WJLA Building Approved — A divided Arlington County Board has approved new rooftop signage for the office building at 1100 Wilson Blvd in Rosslyn, also known as the WJLA building. The board split its vote 3-2 after residents expressed concern that the new signage would “be detrimental to their neighborhoods” and local monuments. The potential signage is for an unnamed prospective client. [Sun Gazette]

Board Approves New Transportation Funding — The County Board on Tuesday gave the okay to Arlington’s share of a new regional transportation funding stream. The county will receive $11.4 million in the first year, which will go to support projects like the Columbia Pike streetcar, a western entrance to the Ballston Metro station, local transit service and “complete streets” improvements. [Arlington County]

Galaxy Hut Named Top Karaoke Spot — DCist has dubbed Clarendon’s Galaxy Hut (2711 Wilson Blvd) “Arlington’s favorite dive” and one of the “best places for karaoke in the D.C. area.” [DCist]

Alexandria is Poised for Growth – Arlington’s neighbor to the south, Alexandria, is poised to begin booming with new development. The city expects a new Potomac Yard Metro station and the impending move of the National Science Foundation to the Eisenhower Valley area to further spur development. [Washington Post]

Flickr pool photo by Ddimick

Four-Day Fashion Show Returns to Crystal City

by Ethan Rothstein | January 28, 2014 at 10:30 am | 522 views | No Comments

2012 Crystal Couture fashion showThe Crystal Couture fashion show and sale — a four-day, free-to-the-public runway show and pop-up designer retail shop — is back for 2014.

The show will be held next week from Tuesday, Feb. 4 to Saturday, Feb. 8., 6:00-10:00 p.m. on each night, at 251 18th Street S. on the 11th floor. Models will pace up and down the runway showing off some of the season’s new designs, there will be a full cash bar and sales from more than 50 designers. There will also be free, five-minute “makeup and hair makeovers.”

Those interested in attending can choose which day they want to go to the show based on which designers will be on display, and for sale, on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday. Guest hosts include Philippa Hughes of Pinkline Project (Tuesday), 94.7 Fresh FM’s Tommy McFly (Friday) and WPGC’s Guy Lambert and former Miss D.C. “K Street” Kate Michael (Saturday).

Attendees can engage with the Crystal City Business Improvement District, which is hosting Crystal Couture, on Facebook and Twitter to be entered into prize drawings.

File photo. Disclosure: Crystal City BID is an ARLnow.com advertiser.

Taj of India Now Open in Crystal City

by ARLnow.com | January 24, 2014 at 11:05 am | 771 views | No Comments

A new Indian restaurant recently opened in Crystal City.

Taj of India opened in the former Cucina Vivace space at 509 23rd Street S. It’s a second storefront for Taj of India, which originally opened in Georgetown 12 years ago.

Entree prices at Taj of India generally range from $10-20. It also has a $12-13 lunch special.

Taj of India is located next to Bistro 7107, a Filipino restaurant that quietly opened in the former El Pollito space this past summer. Named after the 7,107 islands of the Philippine archipelago, Bistro 7107 is one of the few sit-down restaurants serving primarily Filipino cuisine in the D.C. area.

Coming Next Month: ARLive

by ARLnow.com | January 17, 2014 at 9:00 am | 853 views | No Comments

ARLive posterYou read ARLnow.com articles to stay on top of the latest goings on around town. You might even take our polls, Tweet us tips or participate in the comment section. In short, you’re a part of the community.

Now’s your chance to get even more plugged into the community for fun and profit, all while enjoying beer, wine and tasty food.

From 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11, ARLnow.com will be hosting ARLive, a golden opportunity to meet the people behind the headlines. Sponsored by Crystal City BID, Vornado/Charles E. Smith, Click, Grade A Marketing, The Falcon Lab and Crystal City Wine Shop, the event is taking place on the spacious 10th floor of 2011 Crystal Drive in Crystal City.

Part business networking event, part interactive community gathering, ARLive will bring together Arlington residents, professionals and officials for thought-provoking conversations and in-person social networking.

View from 2011 Crystal DriveThere will be a DJ, newsy activities and complimentary food and drink. Plus, enjoy sweeping panoramic views of Washington, D.C., Crystal City, Reagan National Airport and the Potomac River from the event space.

Hors d’oeuvres will be provded by Jaleo, while wine is sponsored by the Crystal City Wine Shop and beer is sponsored by ARLnow.com.

The 2011 Crystal Drive building is easily accessible via Metro and other public transport. Free parking is also available.

Early bird ticket pricing is available through Tuesday. Tickets can be purchased online via Eventbrite.

Power Outage Impacting Crystal City

by ARLnow.com | January 8, 2014 at 4:30 pm | 1,332 views | No Comments

Dominion logo(Updated at 5:30 p.m.) Some 1,525 Dominion customers are without power in the Crystal City area.

The power outage struck at the beginning of the evening rush hour on Wednesday, knocking out power to traffic lights at several key intersections. Arlington County police are on scene, setting up cones and directing traffic.

Several hotels were reported to be without power, and the fire department is responding to one for reports of multiple people stuck in hotel elevators.

No word so far on the cause of the power outage or when the lights might come back on.

Hamburger Hamlet Now Closed in Crystal City

by ARLnow.com | January 6, 2014 at 2:00 pm | 1,774 views | No Comments

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A long-time local restaurant has closed its doors in Crystal City.

Hamburger Hamlet, at the Crystal City Shops (1750 Crystal Drive), closed late last week. Its parent company filed for bankruptcy last year.

The owner of a California-based restaurant chain, which took over operation of the Bethesda Hamburger Hamlet location in 2012, had been hoping to acquire the Crystal City lease in order to open a 24-hour diner, but was ultimately unsuccessful.

“We offered the landlord a new lease,” W.W. “Biff” Naylor, owner of Du-par’s, told ARLnow.com. ”The landlord decided he didn’t want to deal with anybody who was involved with Hamburger Hamlet so we packed it up and left. I’m only going to go where I’m wanted.”

Over the weekend a Hamburger Hamlet location in Pasadena, Calif. was expected to re-open as Du-par’s, according to the Los Angeles Daily News.

No word yet on what may replace Hamburger Hamlet.

Man Arrested After Locking Kids in Car to Gamble

by Ethan Rothstein | December 31, 2013 at 10:00 am | 2,187 views | No Comments

Arlington County police car (file photo)A 46-year-old man was arrested after he left his two children locked in a car to gamble on a video game in Crystal City Friday afternoon.

James Bentley, of Arlington, is charged with two counts of child endangerment after police say he locked his 10-year-old son and 1-year-old daughter in his vehicle, in a parking lot on the 500 block of S. 23rd Street, while he was gambling on a horse-racing video game inside Crystal City Sports Pub (529 23rd Street S.).

The children were locked in the car for about a half hour, according to police, with the car turned off. The mother was called to the scene, along with child protective services, to pick up the children.

Bar Louie to Open Next Week

by Katie Pyzyk | December 19, 2013 at 10:00 am | 1,653 views | No Comments

Bar Louie logoThe new Bar Louie in Crystal City should bring a lot of holiday cheer, considering it’s expected to open the day after Christmas.

Bar Louie will fill a 5,480 square foot space at 320 23rd Street S. formerly occupied by Memphis Barbecue. This will be the sixth Metro D.C. location for the Texas based chain. Bar Louie is known for signature martinis, but also features small plates, flatbreads, salads, burgers and sandwiches.

To celebrate its grand opening next Thursday (December 26), the bar and restaurant will host a three day celebration next week. From Friday, December 27 through Sunday, December 29, customers can enjoy drink specials and free food. Each customer will receive one free appetizer or flatbread just for stopping by. There are reportedly other surprises planned for the bash that have not been announced yet.

“There’s a lot happening during our opening events that guests are going to be blown away by,” said Bar Louie General Manager Tom Jones in a written statement. “The best part of opening after the holidays is we get to throw an amazing grand opening and roll right into our New Year’s Eve party, which is going to be insane.”

Bar Louie will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. and offers the entire menu until last call. It will host happy hour drink specials as well as half priced flatbreads and appetizers from 4:00-7:00 p.m. every Monday through Friday.

Route 1 Wreck Involves Metrobus, Overturned Vehicle

by ARLnow.com | December 18, 2013 at 4:30 pm | 1,135 views | No Comments

(Updated at 5:05 p.m.) An accident  involving a Metrobus and an overturned vehicle has shut down two lanes of northbound traffic on Route 1 in Crystal City.

Police and medics are on the scene at Jefferson Davis Highway (Route 1) near 23rd Street S. One person suffered an arm injury in the accident, according to police radio traffic, and was transported from the scene in an ambulance.

Drivers should expect some traffic impacts in the area.

Hamburger Hamlet in Crystal City Likely to Close

by Ethan Rothstein | December 17, 2013 at 4:30 pm | 2,827 views | No Comments

Hamburger Hamlet in the shops at Crystal CityHamburger Hamlet in Crystal City could close by the end of the year after its parent company filed for bankruptcy in April.

Du-par’s, a California-based diner chain, is attempting to acquire the lease and keep the restaurant, at 1750 Crystal City Shops, open. If successful, the restaurant would be renamed Du-par’s and the staff would be retained. But Du-par’s owner W.W. “Biff” Naylor says that the odds are “80-20 against that happening.”

“I’d hate to see all those people lose their jobs at Christmas time. That would just be brutal,” Naylor said. “We’ve got plenty of time to do it, but the landlord has got to say yes. So far they’ve said no.”

The building is owned by Vornado. Naylor, who lives in California, says he’s coming to the area tomorrow to try to negotiate acquiring the leases for the Crystal City restaurant and Hamburger Hamlet’s location in Bethesda, which he already operates.

If Vornado approves the lease acquisition, Naylor hopes to convert Hamburger Hamlet into a 24-hour restaurant with only minor changes to the menu. If not, the business could close within a couple of weeks and the furniture and equipment sold by the bankruptcy court at auction.

Naylor expects to hear a final decision by Friday.

Small Fire at Portofino Restaurant

by Katie Pyzyk | November 21, 2013 at 10:30 am | 780 views | No Comments

Portofino restaurant in Crystal City (photo via Google Maps)Update at 12:00 p.m. — Portofino has informed ARLnow.com that an inspector gave the all clear, and the restaurant has opened for business.

Firefighters spent part of the morning dealing with a small fire at Portofino restaurant (526 23rd Street S.) in Crystal City.

According to Arlington County Fire Department spokeswoman Lt. Sarah Marchegiani, firefighters found a dryer fire in the basement of the building. They were able to extinguish those flames quickly with a water can fire extinguisher, as well as some flames that had spread to the area behind the dryer. Crews remained on the scene for a while to ventilate the smoke that had seeped throughout the building.

There were some people cooking inside the building when the fire broke out, but nobody was hurt.

Although a fire marshal was still on scene conducting an investigation as of 10:30 a.m., the fire is not expected to affect Portofino’s business and it will be open as usual.

Photo via Google Maps

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

Morning Notes

by Katie Pyzyk | November 13, 2013 at 9:00 am | 845 views | No Comments

Colorful park in Crystal City

Victim, Witnesses Testify During Krusinski Trial — The 23-year-old woman accusing the Air Force’s former sexual assault prevention chief of groping her in May testified about the incident yesterday during the first day of Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski’s assault and battery trial. The woman broke down in tears while describing how Krusinski allegedly grabbed her buttocks after he spent the night drinking in Crystal City. Witnesses reported the woman repeatedly punched Krusinski following the alleged groping. One of the witnesses who testified — a transgender woman who goes by Jordain — also reported being groped and propositioned by Krusinski that night. Jordain said Krusinski appeared to be a “happy drunk” and she brushed him off. The trial is expected to last three days. [Stars and StripesMilitary Times]

County Prepares for Winter — No snowflakes have fallen yet, but Arlington County has already launched preparations for the 2013-2014 winter season. The snow removal team includes 92 drivers and 46 trucks that are equipped with plows and salt spreaders. Residents will be able to track the progress of road clearing online, including the ability to check traffic cameras at certain intersections. Residents are asked to clear snow from sidewalks within 24 hours of a storm, per the county’s Snow Removal Ordinance. [Arlington County]

1K Wine and Beer Walk on Sunday — The Washington Wine Academy is hosting its semi-annual 1K Wine and Beer Walk in Crystal City on Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 16-17). Start times will be staggered from 1:00-5:00 p.m. and participants get to sample 22 different types of wine or beer while strolling through the Shops at Crystal City. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased online. [Washington Wine Academy]

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