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More Details on the New Artisphere Restaurant

by ARLnow.com January 18, 2011 at 2:04 pm 2,983 11 Comments

Expect the new restaurant inside Artisphere (1101 Wilson Blvd) to open in early March, according to a staff report attached to a sublease that the county board is expected to approve this weekend.

It was revealed last month that Barroso, Inc., which owns Guajillo on Wilson Boulevard in Rosslyn and Casa Oaxaca in Northwest D.C., was chosen to run the restaurant, bar and catering operations in Artisphere, which opened in October. The board’s approval of the sublease will make the arrangement official.

In addition to some of Guajillo’s signature Latin dishes, the restaurant will serve “sandwiches, salads, pizzas, small plates, desserts, and assorted other lunch and dinner offerings,” according to county staff.

Barroso will be leasing from the county a total of 1,129 square feet of space, which includes a bar area, a commercial kitchen and a walk-in beer refrigerator. Additionally, the lease “provides Barroso with a non-exclusive license to use the lower (8th) level and upper (9th) level ‘town square’ portions of the Artisphere for occasional table service, bussing, and cleaning activities related to its food and beverage service.”

The five year lease, which comes with renewal options for two consecutive five year periods, calls for the county to be paid the greater of either a minimum base rent or a percentage of the restaurant’s total sales.

The minimum base rent starts at $6,000 per month and will increase 3 percent per year. If it exceeds the base rent, the restaurant will pay 2.5 percent of its gross receipts. If sales surpass $1.5 million, the restaurant will pay 15 percent of gross receipts.

The county and Barroso will agree on a name for the restaurant prior to its opening.

  • FedUp

    Very cool! I like Guajillo’s food. Probably the most authentic Mexican you can find in Arlington.

    • Lala

      It’s good but pretty expensive. I would rather go to Rosa Mexicana for the same $$$.

      • Thumper

        Seriously? Rosa Mexicana is a chain store with subpar Mexican and far more expensive than Guajillo!

        • Lala

          Guajillo used to be empty until Ray’s open next door. People discovered Guajillo’s while they were on wait list to get into Ray’s. That’s when the prices got jacked up. I like Guajillo’s, just think it’s too expensive for what you get.

      • Newt

        Seriously…..Rosa Mexicana is not good food.

  • GeorgeOrwell

    Call it County Sticker.

    let’s have a contest!!

  • TuesdaysChild

    I hope they negotiated for an outdoor sidewalk sign!!

  • The Dope of South Arlington

    Will the county verify the immigration status of all employees?

    • Bluemonter

      You really are a dope… Does the county verify the legal status of any restaurant employee???? Why this comment related to this restaurant????

      • The Dope of South Arlington

        Uh..because it is a county-owned facility.

  • MrClarendon

    I was really looking forward to vendor taking charge of this space since I work across the street. Honestly, I’m a bit disappointed to see that it’s a Mexican place since that’s not really my taste. I’d rather pizza or something a bit more Americana… Living in Clarendon, I think Liberty Tavern group would have been great!

    In any case, I’m sure many others will find it suitable.


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