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by ARLnow.com October 21, 2011 at 9:48 am 3,198 33 Comments

Changes on Tap at Harry’s in Clarendon — Harry’s Tap Room (2800 Clarendon Blvd) is getting a new name and some new food. Renovations at the Clarendon restaurant are expected to begin later this month. When it reopens three weeks later, it will be re-branded as “Market Tavern” and will have a revised food focus. [Bisnow]

Discount on Signature Theater Tickets — Shirlington’s award-winning Signature Theater is offering 15 percent off tickets at the Signature box office when theater-goers present their library card. Two new Signature productions, A Second Chance and Hairspray, will start next month. [Arlington Public Library]

Housing for the Homeless — This week volunteers canvased the streets of Arlington in an effort to identify the 100 most vulnerable homeless individuals in the county. Part of the 100 Homes campaign, the results of the survey will be used to determine which chronically homeless persons will be moved to permanent housing. Findings from the surveys are being presented today to elected officials and to the public. [Washington Examiner, 100 Homes Arlington]

Flickr pool photo by divaknevil

  • Steamboat Willie

    Regarding Harry’s Tap Room, the below sounds encouraging:

    He plans to transform the downstairs dining room and bar into a lounge and bar called the Tavern at Market Tavern, serving small plates and sandwiches. The upstairs dining room will host the Chophouse at Market Tavern. Chef Richard Beckel, who previously worked for Michael at The Caucus Room, will man the kitchen. The menu will be similar to Harry’s Tap Room with a little more focus on beef. Beers on tap are expanding from eight to 26.

    • Mr Pig

      I like the focus on Beef !

      • Bessie

        Eet mor chikin!!

    • Chris

      I like the sound of this newness.

    • Arlingtonian

      i like the focus on beer!

  • drax

    So instead of two taprooms and two taverns, Clarendon will have just one taproom and three taverns.

  • Ben

    Thank goodness re: Harry’s. That place has needed a revitalization for a while. Aside from their brunch (which is quite good) they have been putting out a shoddy product for a while.

    • + 1-000

      I quit eating there quite some time ago.

  • novasteve

    Just wanted to thank Kenny Macaskill and Scotland for releasing the Lockerbie bomber for oil deals, and thank the UK government for lying about it and helping to cover it up! THANKS!

  • Michael

    Finally. Just changing the name is an improvement. Don’t call yourself a taproom if you only have 4 shitty beers on tap.

  • a

    Agree that Harry’s needs something different to get the crowds back but is this really going to do the trick? Market Tavern sounds like something you’d find in an airport concourse.

    • drax

      So does “Harry’s Tap Room.”

      • KalashniKEV

        So does American Tap Room.

        • drax

          So does Liberty Tavern.

        • What’s in a name?

          So does “________ Tap Room”. Why even bother with the tap room. Just call it the Chophouse and call your lunge area the Cellar or something and offer up beer and wine.

    • JOS

      Why not just cut to the chase and name it “Generic Chain – Another Arlington Faux-Pub”.

      I like Diners, Drive-ins and Dives b/c while some are better than others, most are places that people have put their heart and soul into that don’t take the easy way out with food-by-formula menus. It’s hard to have that in Clarendon b/c of the rent prices so chains are more profitable, but I do wish places like Mexicali would watch that show and learn some lessons. They’re already there, and all it would take is someone with some passion that could put out a few truly good dishes at affordable prices that would make you think twice before hitting up the chains. Do it right and you become your own gold-mine – just ask the Italian Store.

      • Bluemontsince1961

        On one episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives in the past couple of years had Metro29 Diner.

      • Bluemontsince1961

        One On one episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives in the past couple of years had Metro29 Diner. I’ve seen mixed reviews of Metro29 on Yelp and other sites; some people like it, some people don’t. I’ve eaten there a couple of times and while I liked the food, I had several instances of poor service so I stopped going there. I agree that if a local business does things right they can become their own gold mines. The Italian Store and Cherrydale Hardware come to mind, both are outstanding! Seems there are too few of them these days in Arlington.

        • G::TheNativeArlingtonian

          I’ll throw in Bob & Ediths along with Ayers Hardware, Lost Dog, and the Peking Pavillion. They are all consistent, good places to go, and they’ve been part of the Arlington community for a long time.

          Harry’s was sliding… agreed. Time will tell if they get any better.

          • CW

            Everyone who’s ever braved the crowds and actually eaten something there has told me that Bob & Edith’s tastes like cafeteria food. Agree or disagree?

  • John Fontain

    Many people unofficially called it “Harry’s Tap (That @SS) Room,” which had a certain ring to it. Maybe it’s not too late to consider this as the new official name. It’s sophisticated and upscale, after all.

  • Ryan

    What about the cougars? Is there a plan for them?

    • Steamboat Willie

      Ryan with the zinger of the morning. Well played.

  • Lee-n-Glebe

    OK – I’ll admit to being out of anything resembling a “scene” – was Harry’s known for being the Arlington cougar den?

    • GreaterClarendon

      I miss Nathans’ in Georgetwon – that WAS the cougar den 15 years ago – I’m too old for the cougars now since I’m their age. Last I heard they were hanging out in McLean.

    • Ryan

      Yeah, apparently it is listed along with Restaurant 3, Ri-Ra Irish Pub, and The Liberty Tavern.

      http://cougarbars.com/cougarbars.asp?state=VA

      • Quoth the Raven

        Is 40 too old for cougars to hit on?

      • KalashniKEV

        ARB&G definitely has more Cougar activity than Lib Tav, and perhaps a few others. That must be an old list…

    • novasteve

      Wouldn’t Harry’s be the golddigging cougar den?

  • Charlie

    Signature theater is great but this season is off to a most uninspiring and disappointing start. Mr schaeffer where are you??.

  • Very appropriate picture for today.

  • Where is?

    I haven’t been to Harry’s in years as they dissapointed me in my last few visits, but their executive chef was an incredibly nice and personable guy… I remember meeting him on multiple occasions… Alex? This mentions another chef, any idea where Alex has gone or if he’s still involved?

  • jinushaun

    What’s in a name ? A lot. I’ve never been to Harry’s Tap Room, but always avoided it because the name sounded like a big chain restaurant with bad food. The name change is welcomed.

    And how can a restaurant call itself a tap room with only eight beers on tap?!

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