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Look Inside the Finished Northside Social

by ARLnow.com April 4, 2010 at 9:32 pm 5,829 11 Comments

Northside Social, Clarendon’s hotly-anticipated coffee and wine bar, officially opened its doors to the public at 7:00 Monday morning.

On Saturday night, with the smell of fresh paint mixing with the aroma of espresso beans, Northside Social opened for a private pre-opening celebration.

It was a chance for the new neighborhood hangout to show off some of its well-curated wine and beer selections, as well as a few items from the food menu. It was also a chance for employees of Northside Social and Liberty Tavern — both co-owned by brothers Mark and Stephen Fedorchak — to step back, take a breather, and marvel at the fruits of their labor.

Despite the momentary respite from the grind of planning, building, and permitting, Stephen Fedorchak said that much work remains. For one, the other jewel in the Liberty Tavern crown, Lyon Hall, will be opening soon. And, he said, the real work starts after a place opens.

Fedorchak said he expects his employees — including Northside Social general manager Alison Christ, formerly of Willow Restaurant in Ballston, and director of coffee Marianne Tolosa, formerly of Murky Coffee (Northside’s predecessor) — will have no problem stepping up to the plate and creating an enjoyable experience for customers and employees alike.

“We’re really excited about the team we have,” Fedorchak said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

Store hours and more photos after the jump.

  • Monday — 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday — 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday — 7:00 a.m. to midnight
  • Thursday — 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
  • Friday — 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
  • Saturday — 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
  • Sunday — 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.


    My business will continue to go to the Java Shack. Bring your Vampire Weekend albums to this highbrow establishment? FREDTERP

  • KMcD

    FYI – Northside Social officially opened at 7am this morning!

    • ARLnow.com

      That’s right. My notes were incorrect. I apologize if this delayed anybody’s espresso fix.

  • Wow that looks great! Great to have this marvelous location back online. Coffee Shop 3.0!

  • Tom

    Had coffee and scone there this morning. The home baked items are wonderful and lots of variety! Nice, casual feel. I ate outside and this area will be much improved once they get their real furniture and some umbrellas and plantings outside (which I understand are coming soon). A great addition to West Clarendon!

  • ACE

    I passed by it around 7 am on the bus this morning — happy to see a new coffeeshop there — website looks great — upstairs and a downstairs and candles too!! Hope they have better pastries than the former place did.

  • ACE

    PS — is it possible to put outdoor seating and tables on that plot of grass right across the way from you???

  • @FREDTERP Vampire Weekend is terrible, why would you bring their albums anywhere?


  • Janel

    FINALLY! A coffeshop that’s open past 9 or 10 pm!

  • Lowell

    Been to Northside twice, have to say it’s just what Arlington needed, a nice place where you can sit outside and have a glass of wine and not have to deal with horrible music or packed lines. Now, if only one side wasn’t bordered by Wilson Blvd. and people speeding and blaring their music, it’d be perfect.

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