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Open House at New Artisphere Restaurant ‘Here’

by ARLnow.com March 31, 2011 at 2:23 pm 4,398 31 Comments

Here, Artisphere’s newly-christened restaurant/cafe/bar, held an open house for local hotel concierges, nearby office workers and local neighbors today.

A jazz band performed as guests sampled mini versions of some of the sandwiches Here will be serving when it opens to the public on Tuesday. Here’s how Here is being described in promotional literature:

Open the same hours as Artisphere, Here promises to be a modern and exciting addition to Rosslyn’s daytime dining, happy hour and nightlife scene. Its menu will feature a seasonal menu of comfort food with Latin flavors made from locally-sourced and fresh ingredients. The restaurant will also offer delicious alternatives to the usual intermission concession items, including homemade guacamole, fire-roasted salsa and chips, and inventive recreations of American and Latin comfort food. Artisphere’s focus on being a less formal arts space includes welcoming patrons to take a drink from the bar and wander through its galleries and performance venues.

Here’s tentative menu includes salads, sandwiches, burgers (including vegetarian), freshly-made pizzas, pasta, sides, charcuterie, cheeses and daily specials. The restaurant will have eight beers on tap, a wine list and a fully-stocked bar. Co-owner Rolando Juarez says he hopes Here becomes its own destination, rather than just a place people stop by while in Artisphere.

“We’re hoping to draw a crowd of our own who just want to come in to eat,” he said. Here will be open tomorrow night with a limited menu for an fully-booked, RSVP-only launch party. More photos after the jump.

  • Overgrown Bush

    I won’t be “Here”. I’ll be “There”.

    • Rosslynite

      How does one get from “Here” to “There?” My invitation must have gotten lost in the mail.

      • I LIve “There” As Well

        Mine too.

    • wat

      you can never be there, no matter where you are you are always here, even if here isn’t here, which for me right now, it is.

  • I will be everywhere.

    • Just Curious

      Will you also be Omnipotent, or merely Omnipresent?

  • Andrew

    So “salads, sandwiches, burgers (including vegetarian), freshly-made pizzas, pasta, sides, charcuterie, cheeses and daily specials” is comfort food with Latin flavors?

    If they serve cupcakes, they will have the trifecta, burgers, pizza and cupcakes!

    • CW

      Just use Goya Adobo instead of salt and you’re all set.

  • kc

    I stopped by on Tuesday and was told the open house was also on Friday so I missed out. Guess I don’t need to stop by tomorrow. Thanks staff.

    • borf

      Wow, they’re so well-organized and helpful.

      Nothing more annoying than missing something because some idiot screwed up.

  • Dave

    The name is going to ruin this place. How do you Google “Here”?

  • Lou

    Why do I get the feeling this place received its building permit, inspections, health department approvals and CoO in record time?

    • FedUp

      You’re probably right. In the meantime, there are restaurants that have been open for a year or more and are still awaiting approvals from the County for things like outdoor seating, music, signs, and have been slapped with thousands of dollars worth of fines and other ridiculous fees. Is the county board listening?

  • Chef D

    Yo, A-town. Why no KFC at the Here? Be seeming like this town is prejadatory, yo.

    • brendan

      .

  • KalashniKEV

    Was there any public make-out, or other action?

    • Liberace

      Just you and me, baby.

  • SamsontheCat

    Here Restaurant
    Here Menu
    Here Burger
    Here Check

    • KalashniKEV

      The “here” burger in the picture isn’t “there.”

  • Dr. Seuss

    From There to Here
    From Here to There
    Silly Things Are Everywhere

  • TuesdaysChild

    Wow. that is ugly interior space. Good luck with it.

  • Vinh An Nguyen

    If the pictures are any indication, the event didn’t seem to be very well attended.

    • To be fair, I got there near the end of the event.

    • Liberace

      You know you and I had it to ourselves.

      • AllenB

        Now watch it missy, I thought KalashniKEV was going gay for me.

  • DT

    I can’t wait until we have a cocktail party at the Lubber Run Amphitheater or one of the nature centers. I won’t hold my breath though.

  • Businessperson

    Question for County Board Chair Chris Zimmerman who has a ‘business friendly’ awakening: When will the Rosslyn BID stop subsidizing the Artisphere? When do taxpayers stop subsidizing the Artisphere? When will the wealthy people who support the performing arts here take over from the taxpayers?

  • barry

    Too many tax dollars going to wealthy people for their entertainment.

  • I can think of one adjetive to describe that place, and it ryhmes with “here”

    • Tabby

      Schmear? Lear? C’mere? Jeer? Sneer? Everclear?

  • 22204

    And how many tax dollars of ours will go into keeping the restaurant afloat until it turns a profit?

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