BGR: The Burger Joint Prepares for Clarendon Opening

by ARLnow.com March 15, 2011 at 3:08 pm 5,931 52 Comments

BGR: The Burger Joint is preparing to open its new Clarendon location next month.

The restaurant, located near the corner of Wilson Boulevard and North Highland Street, next to Hard Times Cafe, is still in the midst of construction. But exterior signs are up and much of the interior decorating is complete. General Manager Greg Comer says he expects the restaurant to open at the beginning of next month, perhaps as soon as April 1.

“It’s coming along pretty well,” he said outside the store today.

The restaurant will employ 20-25 people and seat about 40. The menu will be similar if not identical to other BGR locations. Comer said he’s still hiring for a few positions, adding that details are available on Craigslist.

He said he’s not afraid of competition from the similarly-named but otherwise unrelated Brgr:Shack restaurant up the road in Ballston. In fact, he said, he’s hired a few of their employees.

This is BGR’s sixth location. The company’s Lee Highway location — its fourth — opened a year ago.

Comer said that the company has been learning how to handle the large crowds its restaurants seem to attract. He promised that wait times for burgers won’t be as long as they were shortly after the Lee Highway location opened.

  • SoCo Resident

    They certainly have a fine location adjacent to the Metro. Hope it all works out well and that the burgers are juicy and not the nomral dried out variety.
    Wait a second, isn’t that an illegal sandwich board sign in the pic?

    • Lou


      • LyonSteve

        Was gone at 7am.


    I’d rather see a White Castle. $12 for a burger is a rip-off? FREDTERP

    • JamesE

      If a white castle opened I would never leave, they would find me dead with burgers flowing from every orifice of my body and a smile on my face.

    • LyonSteve

      Or an In-N-Out.

    • CW

      Build a SONIC in the open lot where Dremo’s and Taco Bell were…

      • TheGhostofTacoBell

        rebuild me or I will haunt all you people

        • borf

          I would love to be haunted by a Taco Bell. With fire sauce.

          • CW

            borf – are you my toilet?

          • AllenB


          • borf

            Why, yes. Yes I am.

    • DT

      White Castle doesn’t serve burgers. That is some sort of nasty steak-um level meat. The old Little Tavern minis were far better.

  • Me

    Yuck, way better burgers else where, Big Buns and Brgr Shack.

    • DudeGuy

      Brgr:Shack yes /// Big Buns no

  • CW

    Yeah I haven’t been super impressed with BGR in the past. Certainly good, but I liked Big Buns and of course Ray’s better. Of course this location is going to have the advantage of being on the adjacent block to where I live, so that certainly is something going for it.

    Also, has anyone else noticed that the customer base for restaurants around here is seemingly infinite? Usually, if you open one, or two, or three of the same type of a restaurant near an existing one of the same type (e.g. burgers, pizza places), you get competition. Not in Arlington. They’re just all perpetually 100% full to capacity 24/7. I wonder what the mathematical limit is; that is, how many can the area really support? We haven’t reached it yet, because places keep opening and staying packed!!

    • Justin Russo

      The County Board assumes the capacity of the Orange Line is limitless, so they keep approving more and more development above it. I guess the same principle applies to restaurants along the stretch as well.

      • borf

        We should limit development so it doesn’t overwhelm the transportation system? That’s a radical idea. Please call Fairfax County.

  • shirley

    CW: So you live above Tosca in one of those gorgeous balcony rooms??

    People don’t cook anymore. Look at the whole renovation of Whole Foods — to focus more on prepared foods.

    • CW

      Well, if I lived above Tosca, it would put me downtown on F Street…

      But I don’t live above La Tasca either.

    • CW

      (Was that a joke? No one lives above la tasca)

  • Pedro

    They should have just relaunched the Little Tavern chain. One was right up the block.

  • LyonSteve

    When does The “Views” at Clarendon open? Perfect opportunity to work near where you live, just as the county wants.

    • Old_Arlington

      The “Views” is sadly just another uninspired housing tower that will look awkward behind the existing church steeple. The lack of innovative architecture in Arlington to match its progressive planning policies is unfortunate.

      BGR is nice and it will diversify the eating options in this part of Clarendon!

    • KalashniKEV

      Eeeew… I don’t want those people touching my food!

  • Snookie

    I hope they have a pizza burger.

  • Tre

    Excited for a burger joint in Clarendon.

    Though I still will keep Big Buns and 5 Guys in the rotation.

    • LyonSteve

      Five Guys is only a few blocks down Wilson.

      • Tre

        I consider that Courthouse, so mentally it’s further.

  • Overgrown Bush

    All this burger talk is making me hungry. I may have to stop in at Five Guys…

  • Eat Less Meat

    Overgrown bush, all the meat has pink slime in it. Do a google search for pink slime, you will see. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/31/us/31meat.html

  • YUCK!

    YUCK!!! http://eatdrinkbetter.com/2010/08/12/pink-slime-in-fast-food-burgers/ “fatty sweepings from the slaughterhouse floor, which are notoriously rife with pathogens like E. coli 0157 and antibiotic-resistant salmonella. (Beef Products, Inc. or BPI) sends the scraps through a series of machines, grinds them into a paste, separates out the fat, and laces the substance with ammonia to kill pathogens.”

    • R.Griffon

      Stop it; you’re making my mouth water.

      • borf

        Mmmmm, fatty sweepings.

  • PikeHoo

    Five Guys will retain my business and I will retain their calories. Addictive.

  • James

    I went to the Lee Hwy location, got a cheeseburger, fries, and a chocolate shake; the bill was nearly $20.00! NEVER AGAIN.

  • Jim

    I second all the critics’ comments. The other day at the Lyon Village BGR they were disorganized and overpriced, and the excessive mojo sauce made it so sloppy it was difficult to eat.

  • TuesdaysChild

    Never going back to Lyon Village BGR. It is a mess, operationally and food wise.

  • DT

    Five Guys is native to Arlington. The County Board should ban all competition.

  • Suburban Not Urban

    Yea – another burger joint, BTW where’s my next pizza place

    • Bronx Pizza at 3100 Clarendon Blvd? Coming soon…

  • Gorgar

    I don’t know, given the location, I could see myself intending to go to BGR and being unable to resist the temptation of a 4-way chili-mac with diced tomatoes and jalapenos.

  • Jason S.

    The BGR on Lee Highway was staffed mostly by incompetent morons with bad attitudes. They didn’t understand that they weren’t doing me a favor, they were doing their dead-end job. Just cook the damned burger and stop acting like you’re so cool with your burger job at 30.

  • Georgethecat

    The BGR on lee hwy by the italian store made my husband and i so sick one Saturday, we of course will never go back. What made matters worse was the “oh well” attitude we got from the store clerk who answered the phone and the store mgr who we escalated to. There was no offer of a refund or a complimentary meal. All i can say is thank goodness for the restrooms by the humpback bridge. nightmare. Shame, too, because we’d love to be regulars at a neighborhood place like that.

    • borf

      If you think it was a case of food poisoning or whatever, call the county health department. That’ll get their attention.

    • Ed

      You realize that food poisoning is usually the result of food that was eaten at least several hours (even up to a day or two) before you actually got sick, right? If you think you had food poisoning, I’d be taking a closer look at what you ate over the last few meals before you went to BGR.

      Personally, I wanted to like BGR, and when they’re on, it’s really good. However, my wife usually likes to get the tuna burger and the last two times we went to the one in Old Town, the tuna was flat out raw in the middle after asking it be cooked medium. One of those times they also forgot to put an order of fries in the bag, and I sent a complaint using a form on their website and never got any kind of response (was really just looking for a “sorry about that – we’ll try to be more careful”). It’s been awhile since I’ve been back to one, and 5 Guys in Courthouse got my business last time I had a craving on the way home.

      The best burger I’ve had in a long time though was the “chef’s burger” at brunch last weekend at Vermilion. The beef alone was so good they could have served it on a bun with nothing else and I would have been happy, but the fried egg, potato sticks, and pimento cheese put it on a whole other level.

  • Dan

    Will they use grass-fed beef? Otherwise I’ll pass.

    • CW

      I’ve heard that it’s mostly going to be floor sweepings cut with broken glass, but that’s just a rumor.

  • Southeast Jerome

    The Burgers at 11th street lounge are so legit. Yes they are expensive, but they are 1/2 price on Wednesday and Saturdays. Definitely makes it worth it. Plus they have a great beer selection. Very cool place.

  • So Cali “In n Out”

    BGR and 5 Guys, what a waste of my time all i have to say is “In n Out”. Double Double or a 3×3 extra grilled onions, fries and a nice cool Coke its out of this world. You guys from the East Coast need to hop on a plane to Cali and sink your teeth into this glorious burger!! Miss you In N Out see you in July!!!!!!!

    • CW

      Sigh…general rule…if you like wherever you can from better than where you are, then go back, for good.

    • South Arlington

      As a Southern Californian, please never use the word “Cali” again. It embarasses you and those around you. Now take a lap and jump off the Key Bridge.


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