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Whitlow’s Expanding Upstairs With Rooftop ‘Fu Bar’

by ARLnow.com August 11, 2010 at 2:06 pm 5,063 20 Comments

Whitlow’s is expanding — upward. The 15-year-old Wilson Boulevard institution has just received the building permit for a long-anticipated rooftop deck.

The wooden deck will have casual tiki bar theme and will be called “Fu Bar,” owner Greg Cahill tells us.

It will be massive — with room for up to 286 people. Food will be served and there will be about 50 tables for outdoor dining. The menu will remain the same as Whitlow’s this year, with changes possible for next year.

Construction is set to begin Monday and Cahill hopes to have the deck open in September.

Photo by Monika & Tim

  • Kate

    Why oh why did they name it that? Old joke, now officially lame.

    • david

      Agreed – that is an incredibly lame name for what I hope is a great space.

      • GK

        Hope the name doesn’t turn out to be foreshadowing. Hope they go with the theme and offer beach/Caribbean food and drinks, and not just elevated Whitlows. Will be interested to see how one will access the new space.

  • Clarendude

    Will be a great place to watch the Mardi Gras Parade ! If it’s open in February, that is. The more outdoor places the better.

  • LP

    My guess is this is going to be similar to what Mama Quan’s used to be.

    • charlie

      or what it tried to be.

  • Josh

    Awesome. I don’t have to stab myself in the eyes for even thinking of going to ballroom because it’s the only ‘open-air’ area. Now… expand the draft list!

    • Kyle

      … and lower the prices. I like Whitlow’s, but with so many cheaper options in the area, it just doesn’t make sense to pay $15 for a pitcher of Miller Lite.

      • Josh

        True as well. We just need Dremo’s back really. Unfortunetly, all the new buildings going up want established/nation-wide restaurants

        • V Dizzle

          Agreed, it won’t replace the Dremo’s beach bar, but at least I won’t ever have to go to Ballroom again.

        • Bill

          Clarendon Center is actually focusing on local businesses so far…

  • KateKirk

    Let’s hope they hire up for those 286 people so that the service isn’t worse than it already is downstairs. (I should be fair – sitting at the bar is great, it’s sitting at a table that’s a two-hour commitment whether you want it or not.)

  • vmart

    another out door drinking area and no more ballroom AWESOME!!!!!!!!

  • KateKirk

    Thrilled to have another outdoor option in Clarendon, and one that isn’t all about spectator seating for parallel parking and stroller-runner accidents. Let us hope that they staff up appropriately for those 286 additional folks so that service isn’t as dismal as the downstairs. (I should be fair – bar service is great, sitting at a table is a two-hour commitment whether you like it or not)

  • KateKirk

    oops! first one didn’t appear to take.

  • Novanglus

    Sounds great. But how are this, and the other one above Delhi Dhaba, allowed across the street from residential neighborhoods when the American Flatbread people were denied?

    These places have the potential to generate A LOT more noise than a subdued pizza place.

    • david

      It’s two completely different situations. The Flatbread patio would have been a few feet away from someones backyard. Both of the places that you reference have Wilson Boulevard and additional commercial properties separating them from the neighborhood.

  • BillB

    Some of the neighbors are closer than others – so we’ll just wait and hope that it’s ok. Greg has done a good job in the past of letting his patrons know that they are close to a neighborhood, and for the most part it’s not too much of an issue. Hopefully this move doesn’t change that.

  • arama

    Clarendon Grill and now Whitlows… Can’t wait to see the new look of both these places.

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