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Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com June 24, 2011 at 8:38 am 2,047 21 Comments

School’s Out for Summer — Today is the last day of school for elementary students in Arlington. High school students had their last day on Wednesday and middle school students had their last day on Thursday. [YouTube]

Man Charged With Pentagon Shootings — Alexandria resident Yonathan Melaku, 22, has been charged with destruction of property and firearm violations in five separate shootings at Northern Virginia military installations last year. Melaku was arrested in Arlington National Cemetery last Friday, authorities say, with a backpack containing a ammonium nitrate, a key component in certain explosives, and a notebook containing referencing Al Qaeda and jihad. Sources tell Fox News that Melaku was “self-radicalized through the internet,” but there’s “no indication he was planning to harm individuals.” [FBI, Fox News]

‘Rabbit’ Coming to Clarendon in July — The new salad-and-cupcakes store ‘Rabbit,’ from the father-son pair behind Tangysweet and Red Velvet Cupcakery, is expected to open in late July. Rabbit’s location in Clarendon is “the perfect place,” says co-owner Aaron Gordon. The 50-seat restaurant will also serve wine, beer and sandwiches. [Washington Post]

  • R.Griffon

    [insert obligatory cupcake joke]

    But seriously, it’d be nice to have a good salad place. Add in some sandwiches, beer and wine and I think they’ll do OK.

  • ArlForester

    Cupcakes tend to enjoy tossed salads, so I’ve heard.

    • CW

      Over-under on how long that comment lasts?

      I prefer syrup.

      • TGEoA

        Grape jelly

  • CrystalMikey

    Ruin your semi-healthy lunch with a cupcake!

    Though I do love me some salad. 😀

    • CW

      I wonder if they will chop cupcakes up in your salad?

      As a side note, I’m really surprised that Clarendon has yet to see the evolution of the cupcake and froyo concepts…drumroll…cupcakes TOPPED with froyo!

  • yequalsy

    It’ll be interesting to see what legal direction they go with Melaku. It sounds like he’ll be tried in federal rather than state court (and that’s assuming there’s not a way and desire to court martial him). Good luck getting an impartial jury in Alexandria after the cluster**** he caused the other day.

    • meh..

      I know right!? It’s like sometimes, you just wish that they would finally accept the fact that two wrongs don’t make a right and we’d all just be better off without the headache. I’ve even proposed alternative solutions/enhancements to the B.O.D. in hopes that they would see at least SOME of the ways they have really screwed the entire thing up. I doubt they’ll even give it a 2nd thought though….we’ll see.

  • ClarendonDweller

    Even though I’m having trouble taking that name seriously, Rabbit sounds like it will be a good addition to the neighborhood…we need some more middle-of-the-road places where you can grab a quick salad or sandwich.

    • CW

      And spend $30 or so doing it!

      • JamesE

        I am sure it will be fairly priced at $29.99

    • Novanglus

      Yeah, I hope the concept is successful and they expand it into the old Bear Rocks in Shirlington. They need something between Subway and all the sit-forever-just-to-get-your-order-taken places.

  • Justin Russo

    Jeez, talk about running a trend into the ground. Do these people really think cupcakes are a viable business model that will last for years?

    There is going to be a whole lot of empty storefronts in the near future when the cupcake fad runs its course.

    • Aaron

      You know what else will never survive? High-rise luxury condos at well over $500/sq ft., with condo fees exceeding $500/mo to boot. I mean, c’mon, where are you going to find an endless supply of suckers willing to hand over gobs of cash for something so stupidly overpriced. Oh wait….

      • JamesE

        my condo fee is only $300, I spend the extra $200 on alcohol.

      • AllenB

        Wow, someone sounds bitter today.

    • YTK

      Nah— then they will turn them into Weight Loss Centers. And when everyone has lost their cupcake-fattiness, then they will turn back into Cupcake Stores!

      Now THAT’s Evolution!!

  • GrilledCheeseConnoisseur

    “Happily for the rest of us not-so-health-conscious eaters, the restaurant, called Rabbit, will also have beer, cupcakes and grilled cheese sandwiches.”

    At this point, I’m convinced that business owners in Clarendon are just opening places for the sole purpose of trolling ARLNow readers…

  • JamesE

    Top of the muffin to you!! would be a perfect addition to Clarendon.

  • steve

    Wow, yet another sissy place in Arlington. Will it have specially designed parking spots for scooters and Segways?

  • ArlingtonCountyTaxpayer

    GREAT work ARLPO. Awesome.

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