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Construction Underway at Lime Fresh Mexican Grill

by ARLnow.com October 4, 2011 at 3:59 pm 3,103 15 Comments

(Updated at 4:10 p.m.) We’re less than two months away from the opening of Lime Fresh Mexican Grill (2900 Wilson Boulevard) in Clarendon.

The restaurant is currently under construction and, according to a recent job posting on Craigslist, it’s expected to open at some point in November. Located on Fillmore Street near the intersection with Wilson Boulevard, Lime Fresh is expected to have interior seating for 56 people, according to building permits. It’s unclear if it will have a sidewalk seating area, though one has been “proposed.”

It was first reported in July that Lime Fresh had signed a lease for the former Comfort One Shoes space in Clarendon. The rapidly-expanding chain got its start in 2004 as a trendy casual eatery on Miami’s South Beach, before signing a deal with Ruby Tuesday, Inc. last year that has seen it expand to other parts of Florida and the south. Now, the chain has its sights set on the east coast, with the Clarendon location as its first D.C.-area restaurant.

“At Lime Fresh Mexican Grill®, our guests don’t take their Mexican food lightly, and neither do we,” the restaurant said in the job posting. “We have high standards for quality fresh-Mexican food… we turn up the music, the heat and the quality of service…. we play hard and work even harder.”

The Lime Fresh menu includes standard Mexican fare like chips and guacamole, quesadillas, tacos, fajitas, burritos, salads and various types of salsas. The Clarendon location is applying for a liquor license so it can serve margaritas, sangrias, wine and beer.

Lime Fresh will face some competition in Clarendon. It’s located one block from Baja Fresh (2815 Clarendon Blvd), one block from Mexicali Blues (2933 Wilson Blvd) and three blocks from the new South Beach Smoothie and Burrito Co. (3011 11th Street).

  • Arriba!

    I don’t think there is much competition from Mexicali Blues or Baja Fresh, those places are terrible.

    • AllenB

      I agree about Mexicali blues – that place is awful. But for fast food, I do like Baja Fresh a lot.

  • CW

    That’s “South Block Smoothie and Wrap Company” to you!

    And after their name change, they won’t technically be competition, since they want to sell “wraps”, not burritos!

  • Lou

    I am still perplexed at the vacancy above Ballston metro at the top of the escalator. How can that space still not be leased up?

    • John B

      People who have worked at the Tuesdays (former tenant) told me they had problems with too many homeless people and bus riders coming in to use the restrooms (and not buying anything).

      • Rick

        I think its funny all the tables are set inside. Who wants to do a little urban exploration?

  • Nodice

    Sigh. How long before everyone who lives in or visits Clarendon weighs 300 pounds? It seems like the ratio is off between places to buy things to eat and places to vend services or buy things to own. This food bubble is going to burst.

    • Rick

      tell that to all the dems applauding the demise of the goodyear in ballston

  • Johnny Utah

    excellent. Hopefully it is good, cause Mexicali blues sucks monkey [email protected] Hopefully they read this blog and change their format.

  • charlie

    it would be nice to have a good mexican place in arlington.
    we really don’t right now.

    • Paco

      Hey Charlie,

      Try El Charrito Caminente in the strip mall just east of Pershing on Washington Boulevard. The food is fantastic as are the prices. And because it’s not much to look at and because you really have to get your order to go, the yuppie crowd stays away for the most part. Amen.

      • charlie

        ok. on may to and from work.
        just detour off Filmore Street and I”m there.
        thank you.

  • sue

    DAMN! Why couldn’t it be a District Taco?!?!!!!!!!

    I still have to drive all the way down Lee HWY for that yummy treat.

    Blah- lime mexicana sounds like another crap chain.

    • dirty biker

      I’ll second that- District Taco is pretty dang good and the out the door lines at lunch on weekends suggest that it’s doing pretty well despite the location and terrible parking

  • Melissa

    I love mexican food I will be there, I hope it will be better than mexican blue, the food it nasty…

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