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Cafe Caturra Coming to Arlington Ridge

by ARLnow.com June 27, 2011 at 2:00 pm 6,449 22 Comments

A Midlothian, Va.-based coffee shop/wine bar/soup-salad-and-sandwich restaurant is coming to the Arlington Ridge Shopping Center (2901 South Glebe Road).

Interior construction is underway on Cafe Caturra, located in a storefront once occupied by a Blockbuster video store. The store’s arrival coincides with a pedestrian-oriented renovation of the 85,000 square foot shopping center, which is anchored by a Giant supermarket.

Founded in 2005, Cafe Caturra offers specialty coffees and boutique wines to drink, as well as breakfast sandwiches, soups, salads, paninis, mini pizzas and other fresh fare to eat. The growing chain currently has five locations in Virginia and North Carolina. This will be the company’s first D.C.-area restaurant.

No word yet on an opening date.

Hat tip to John Breyault

  • CrystalMikey

    Excellent. BTW, I love the remodeling look of that strip.

  • ArlForester

    I never could understand how that strip avoided having a Starbucks or something similar in it.

  • MyHood

    So weird. I drove by there just yesterday and wondered to myself if they were ever going to find something to fill the old Blockbuster space. This could be interesting if you can find any parking. The Gold’s gym-goers take up a large part of that side of the parking lot.

    • CrystalMikey

      Just park more towards the Giant.

    • PikerShorts

      Finally! I was really excited to see the facelift and renovations as I am at the Giant / Gold’s a few times a week.

      Anyone ever been to El Cuscatleco? I remember it looking pretty seedy form the outside before but have noticed more and more people of all stripes going in and out recently.

      • NJ

        It’s a good one. Wish the interior were brighter and the exterior more inviting, but the food is the real deal.

    • Ali

      I’ve been wondering myself if anything would ever move in there because it looks so nice. Definitely intrigued.

  • muckraker

    Looks yummy. I am there!

  • PikerShorts

    Will they have beer or just wine?

    • JammingEcono

      Beer and wine @ Cafe Caturra is a yes.

  • AuroraMom

    Strange–Arlington Diner already in that “mall” with same type menu.

    • FourRunner

      Arlington Diner serves wine and panini’s? I had no idea. Thanks for the tip AuroraMom.

  • YAY. The employees at the vet’s office nearby will have a fun place to eat. Good for them – they work very hard and deserve a nice break 🙂

  • YES! I am from Richmond and I LOVE Cafe Caturra. Coffee and wine in the same store– I am a big fan. I am certain it will be a hit in the neighborhood.

  • Henry S

    In what way was the renovation pedestrian oriented?

    • South Arlington

      It seemed like they just put a fresh facade up (which looks way better by the way). It’s still got the same parking lot and sidewalks that were always there.

  • Charlie

    Nice renovation by a good national owner. But, when does Rinadi’s reopen?

    • neathridge

      Thanks! I wonder how many folks reading this even know what you are talking about! 🙂

      • Henry S

        I always loved the “Nick” Rinaldi Lanes sign on the front.

    • ArlForester

      Many, many frames bowled there. They were the last one to go too. There used to be five or six bowling alleys in Arlington.

  • Creebs

    best cleaners in metro DC.

  • Charles

    Cafe Catbox is a better name.


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