Construction Underway at Zoë’s Kitchen in Ballston

by ARLnow.com September 1, 2011 at 1:52 pm 4,871 15 Comments

(Updated at 4:15 p.m.) Interior construction is well underway at Zoë’s Kitchen, a new Greek-inspired soup, salad and sandwich restaurant that’s expected to open at 4245 Fairfax Drive in Ballston as soon as this month.

General Manager Dave Cottrell said the Ballston location may open as soon as Sept. 15, if everything goes well. We suspect that it may take a little while longer for Zoë’s to obtain all the necessary permits after construction wraps up.

Founded in 1995, Alabama-based Zoë’s is a rapidly-growing chain with restaurants from Arizona to Florida. Its menu includes kabobs, sandwiches, pitas and a variety of soups and salads.

Zoë’s currently has four D.C.-area locations: Fairfax, Woodbridge, Potomac, Md. and Annapolis. Some 20 additional Zoë’s locations are planned for the Washington region, Cottrell said.

At least one Ballstonite, however, isn’t optimistic about Zoë’s ability to attract enough customers, even though it’s only one block away from the Ballston Metro.

“[The] menu is very similar to [Aladdin’s Eatery] which didn’t fare well in that location either,” said a local office worker. “Nothing in that location has done well.”

In addition to Aladdin’s, the location was also home to to do-it-yourself stir fry restaurant Flat Top Grill.

  • Just Me

    I miss the Flat Top that was there. I will give this one a try I am sure it will better than the last place.

    • Tre


  • Chris

    Flat Top was amazing, one of my favorite restaurants in north county. Really wish it would reopen someplace else, doesn’t matter where, I’ll go.

  • Lee-n-Glebe

    2nd bomber ANC flyover today – love it!

  • John B

    I liked both FlatTop and Aladdins. Something is cursed about that spot. It’s sort-of on the edge of Ballston but there are places beyond it that do well (Rio Grande).

  • Your Mom

    For a restaurant to succeed, the name needs to let people know what kind of food it is–Lebanese Taverna, Thai Curry, Thai Square, China Garden, etc.

    Also, unless it is cheap enough to be sustained entirely by weekday lunch crowds, it needs to have parking. IHOP and Carpool (both nearby) have parking.

    • CW

      You hinted at the question I had – is it going to by runing actual hours or “Rosslyn/Ballston/Farragut Square hours”, i.e. 9 AM to 5 PM sharp monday-friday?

      • CW

        *be running…god…

  • Arlington resident

    I have high hopes for Zoe’s Kitchen. Think they will do much better than the previous restaurants and they are right next door to the two best restaurants in Ballston (Willows and Uncle Julios). Both these places have very good business and think Zoe’s will as well.

    Hope they get their liquor license in place before opening, think that really hurt the previous restaurant, Aladdin’s.

    Welcome to Ballston Zoe’s!

  • MC

    From the menus this looks like office worker lunch fare. Moby Dick would be more authentic, rather than Alabama-Middle Eastern fusion.

    The only good fast food seems to come from California, but it never makes it to the East Coast.

    • Al Abamah

      Yew want cream gravy own yer hummous?

      • Smoke_Jaguar4

        Hummous = chickpea grits

  • Billy Corgan

    I thought I was seeing a mirage when I first saw the banner hanging outside. I’ve been to Zoe’s down south and the food is awesome!!! Especially the chicken salad! Counting the days…

  • Smoke_Jaguar4

    Looking at their menu, they will be going head-to-head against the Cosi across the street as they both feature Americanized Eastern Mediterrean fare. For the cost, time, and authenticity, the two Halal carts on Wilson & Stuart win. Now if we could get a Roti in Ballston…

  • Correction to my earlier message on the Post. The ombudsman at the Post now: Patrick B. Pexton http://www.washingtonpost.com/patrick-b-pexton/2011/02/24/ABkLhYN_page.html


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