Cinco de Mayo at Lunchtime

by ARLnow.com May 5, 2011 at 3:38 pm 2,448 18 Comments

It’s hard to say whether it was a normal lunchtime crowd or if people were feeling a bit more festive today for Cinco de Mayo, but the Chipotle in Rosslyn was packed to the gills today. A line snaked around three walls of the restaurant as office workers and residents waited patiently for their burrito fix.

Elsewhere along the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor, a healthy crowd sat outside Mexicali Blues in Clarendon, sipping Coronas in the cool sunshine. Santa Fe in Rosslyn, meanwhile, was still doing steady business at 1:15 p.m.

Here CafeBar in Rosslyn’s Artisphere had men in sombreros flashing signs to passersby on Wilson Boulevard, but had a smaller crowd at 1:00 p.m. Just over a dozen patrons were dining in Artisphere’s large WiFi-enabled space. Perhaps the menu — which lists burgers and pizza, but not burritos or quesadillas — was partially to blame.

  • PhilL

    Artisphere FAIL once again. What happened to comfort food with a Latin flavor?

    • me

      That picture actually makes me feel sad.

  • It moves fast

    The chipotle in rosslyn has that line every weekday at lunch. Not abnormal.

  • KalashniKEV

    It’s so sad and pathetic. I don’t actually expect to get my money back, but for the sake of our dignity as a community- PULL THE PLUG NOW!

  • South Arlington

    What was the point of getting the Guajillo folks involved if Here is just going to serve burgers and sandwiches? As little as Artisphere costs in the grand scheme of things, it is really shaping up to be a real failure. I feel like we have so many other options to use for art galleries/performance art spaces. Very worst case, it would probably have cost less just to lease the space Arena Stage was using in Crystal City.

    • KalashniKEV

      1) I’m not sure if Guajillo gets the menu dicatated to them, but it doesn’t matter what’s on the menu- that’s not the problem.
      2) I just can’t hear anymore of this silliness about how “little” it costs “as a percentage of the entire budget” or any other way they can spin it- it’s first revenue target was $789,912. It’s revenue at that time was under $200K. It’s hemorrhaging dollars.
      3) It’s not shaping up- it’s already failed completely.
      4) You are correct that there are other options for art galleries/performance art spaces. None of those options are at full capacity, thus ArtisFAIL was not needed. It’s not like Fireworks with a 2 hour wait so you go to Pete’s or the new Brooklyn place…

      • South Arlington

        Totally agree. The Artisphere is a money pit. I see little chance of this venture breaking even in the long run.

        At the least, I was hoping we’d get a new Mexican restaurant out of this failure since other than Guajillo, they suck around here.

        As much flack as some give the streetcar plan, it at least has a chance of really pumping up tax revenue with development and new businesses. The Artisphere is a true example of an unneeded vanity project that will continually bleed money.

  • Z

    District Taco at Crystal City was bumpin today. Great food as always!

  • Cyrus

    Dios Mio! (just a chance to bust out what little Spanish I know)

  • Wayne Kubicki

    Does that sign being held outside of Artisphere comply with the County sign ordinance?

    Were the appropriate permits pulled & fees paid?

    Sorry – couldn’t resist….

    • Lou

      He definitely has his “No Dignity” permit.

  • HereatArtisphere

    Here right now – at here – place is packed, drinks are flowing and the music is pumping. Folks seem to be having a great time…

    • Kalashnikev

      Is that you Fisette? The only thing that Artisphere is packed full of is FAILURE and your giant check. I want my money back.

      • DC123


  • Failed Again

    Why is the Artisphere still open? Save Arlingtonians dignity now! Why must we continue to waste money on this joint? This picture is a sign that there is nothing right about this place. The hat and sorry sign tells it all!

  • FFX CO

    Last time I heard, 5 de Mayo was an American celebration, since nobody seems to celebrate it in Mexico. I think this is thanks to the power of Marketing.

  • I went there for Cinco de Mayo and I was actually really impressed by the place. Granted, the food was overpriced and I wished there was more Mexican options on the menu, but the place itself was really fun to explore.

  • Arlingtonian

    Those of you who went there at noon were way too early. I was there between 3:30 and 6:30 and there were lots of people at the bar and cafe. It was a fun time at Artisphere!


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