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Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com July 18, 2011 at 8:43 am 3,258 30 Comments

Monday Hopes to Enliven Rosslyn’s Restaurant Scene — Building owner Monday Properties is hoping to bring in some new restaurants to the Rosslyn area and shake off the “stigma” that there’s no nighttime foot traffic in the office-oriented neighborhood. The company just signed two new restaurants — Roti Mediterranean Grill at 1501 Wilson Blvd and Ahra Cafe & Sandwich Bar at 1100 Wilson Blvd. It’s hoping to find more restaurant tenants for its 1501 Wilson property. Ahra Cafe, meanwhile, is replacing three existing businesses, including a beloved coffee shop. [Washington Business Journal]

Stamos Handily Wins Fundraising Crown in Prosecutor Race — Theo Stamos has a nearly 30-to-1 cash advantage over David Deane in the Democratic primary for Commonwealth’s Attorney in Arlington. [Sun Gazette]

Sauca Now Serves Beer, Liquor — Sauca Restaurant (4707 Columbia Pike) has obtained its liquor license and is now serving a selection of beer and fruity cocktails. [Pike Wire]

Best Cellars in Clarendon Closes — Best Cellars in Clarendon opened its doors to customers for the last time yesterday. The wine store closed after being unable to reach new terms for a long-term lease renewal with its landlord, ARLnow.com is told. However, in the store’s window was a more humorous list of explanations for the closing. [Clarendon Culture]

  • G Clifford Prout

    Anyone else get the Trogan Horse warning on the Arlnow site?

  • Clarendude

    Yes. Webroot catches something.

    • We’re not seeing anything on our end at the moment.

      • G Clifford Prout

        Gone now.

      • GrilledCheeseConnoisseur

        Keep an eye out for this. I’ve seen this happen on other sites, and I suspect it’s a banner ad with some malicious code in it. It’s usually just one or two out of the many that run on a site, hence why it doesn’t always come up.

        • Thanks for the tip. We’ll keep vigilant.

  • KalashniKEV

    Rosslyn- New Nightlife! Not just for lunch anymore! Look… we have a Sandwich Bar!

    • CrystalMikey

      LOL…Rosslyn’s worse than Crystal City when it comes to after-work hours action.

      • OX4

        Which is why I live here. If I want nightlife I’m a 10-minute walk to Courthouse, Clarendon, and G’town. If I want to avoid drunken brown flip flops I just go home.

        • Kiffee

          Well said, OX4! Love my Rizzle-Dizzle just as it is!

      • What?

        Ever heard of Cafe Asia?

        • Kiffee

          …and Piola, Rhodeside, Guajillo, Ray’s Hell Burger, Pho 75, Village Bistro, Red, Hot & Blue…

          • KalashniKEV

            I like how you list Pho 75 as a night spot… aren’t they closed at like 7PM while the sun is still high in the sky?

            Those are all just lunch spots.

  • Michael

    Great, a new sandwich place in Rosslyn! Pure excitement! Because those 12 other sandwich places just weren’t cutting it.

  • OX4

    What’s up with Roti Mediterranean Grill? Last I checked there are new ones in Foggy Bottom, Penn Ave, and now Rosslyn. Is it owned by Starbucks or the Gap or something?

    • Rosslyn Boom

      good question, i wanna know too.

    • KalashniKEV

      Who cares? How does this even factor into one’s evaluation of a restaurant?

      • OX4

        For chrissake man, calm down. I’m just asking a question.

    • Tabby

      Roti is pretty darn tasty.

  • G

    Had Sauca for dinner yesterday! Very happy with the place… though I haven’t seen many people there. I hope they’re doing ok.

    • Arlingtonian

      I go to Sauca often. I would definitely recommend it. Nommmm.

      • Chris Slatt

        I was about to write that Sauca is like somebody bottled everything awesome about Columbia Pike and made it a restaurant, and then realized that doesn’t sound appetizing at all.

        Instead I’ll just say: tasty food, good prices, locally owned, and a covered outdoor seating area. Go there!

  • ArlForester

    Does it bother anyone else that our Commonwealth Attorney is elected but the judges are appointed and can stay well past their usefulness like Kendrick did?

    • Westover

      I do not like the idea of elected judges, but a board should either be elected or nominated by the governor an approve by the House of Delegates to watch over the Judiciary and purge the judges that are falling off he deep end. The Commowealth’s Attorney is representing the people of the time’s desires and should remain an electd position.

      • ArlForester

        Other than the obvious political horse play, I prefer they both be elected. There was a civil case where Kendrick didn’t even comprehend much less have any expertise on intellectual property or web pages. It was in 2009 and he was still allowed to rule on the case even though he couldn’t have been more ignorant of the issue.

        • doodly

          Whereas the people we elect are so much more competent.

        • Greg

          Just one?

  • jaynonamous

    I spoke with David Deane on Saturday while he was visiting South Arlington and he has some great ideas for positive changes in the office. I’ll admit I really do not know a whole lot about either candidate, but Deane has multiple points of what he plans front and center on his website, and all I found with Stamos website was she wants to “do the right thing”, but I have not seen anything stating what “do the right thing” means. There are a lot of links on her site and broad view statements, but I wish she had some type of clearly defined definition of her plans for the office. Not sure what the point of reporting that one candidate has more money than the other, unless the point is that one candidate has friends in ‘higher places’….and that’s not a factor I plan to use to vote.

    • Greg

      The campaign has been a little bizarre. By all accounts, Deane should be an appealing candidate for Arlington Democrats. But apparently because he is not firmly entrenched with the party, the ACDC followers have turned against him. It’s placed Arlington Democrats in weird positions. For example, arguing for the death penalty.

      I don’t know why people feel that Theo is entitled to the office since she’s done her time with the ACDC, but that’s apparently what’s going on.

  • Oh no

    Best Cellars was great. Wish I’d known they were closing and stocked up. Bummer.

    Are they planning to re-open in this area? This small chain got bought out a bit ago and several sibling stores have closed. Wonder if its another case of them not wanting to complete with Trader Joe’s.


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