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by ARLnow.com May 9, 2012 at 9:12 am 2,097 18 Comments

Good Stuff Eatery Opens Tonight — The new Good Stuff Eatery location at 2110 Crystal Drive in Crystal City will open to the general public for the first time tonight. The burger and shake restaurant will be open for dinner only today; it will start opening for lunch and dinner tomorrow. A television production crew is expected to be filming at the restaurant tonight for an upcoming episode of ‘Life After Top Chef.’

Potomac Overlook Naturalist Retiring — Martin Ogle, who is retiring next week after 27 years as chief naturalist at Potomac Overlook Regional Park, is being credited with playing a key role in a number of environmental initiatives in Arlington over the years. [Falls Church News-Press]

Moran Challenger Worries About GOP Inclusiveness — Patrick Murray, the Republican who will be trying again to unseat incumbent Rep. Jim Moran (D) in November, is concerned that the GOP is straying from Ronald Reagan’s belief in a ‘Big Tent.’ Murray issued a statement following Ric Grenell’s resignation from Mitt Romney’s Republican presidential campaign. Grenell resigned as a spokesman for the campaign after social conservative groups began criticizing the campaign because Grenell is openly gay. Murray said he was “disappointed” to learn that Grenell stepped down. [Sun Gazette]

  • PCity

    PCity is pumped for Good Stuff. Fries are a bit salty for my and the wife’s tastes, but the burgers are pretty damn good.

    PUMPED.

  • Dog Walker

    Arlnow, where is the Obama office opening in Arlington?

    • South Awwlington

      Columbia Pike at the old Giant Pharmacy (across from the new Giant.)

  • Garden City

    GOP inclusiveness? Ha! That train left the station long ago.

    • KalashniKEV

      I’m not a Republican, but I will gladly get in the Tent with anyone who will swear my loyalty oath to the ideals of the Framers.

    • Elmer

      Dem inclusiveness? Ha! That ship went down with any of the pro-life Dems years ago.

      • jackson

        Yay for the “Two wrongs make a right” rule in our constitution!

      • brif

        i guess you’ve never heard of Joe Donnelly.

  • VC

    Open now at 2408 Columbia Pike

    • G Clifford Prout (now moderated for extra purity)

      Future home a nondescript-LEED-certified-mixed-use-multi-modal-world-class seven story building.

  • Richard Cranium

    Hey – look! A Metro escalator under repair!

    • OneEyedJack

      No, I think they’re looking for more Shuttleworth signatures

      • Tabs

        Good one.

  • Doug W.

    Regarding Good Stuff Eatery… If tonight’s opening is anything like last night’s soft opening (they were open unofficially for dinner the last two evenings), it should be, well, “interesting”. The unit is their national demonstration design, best suited to a suburb with moderate volume. Just a few registers, not enough seating, and the space for the line is far too narrow for high pedestrian traffic. No way will they be able to handle the Crystal City lunch rush, not a chance. Chick-Fil-A down the street has 3X the registers, 4X the space for people to queue in line, and it’s jammed at lunch hour anyway (but functional). The staff has no preparation to handle real crowds. The staff person we spoke to said the mob scene was because the food was free, implying that it would be better after the restaurant properly opens tonight. Nonsense — the crowd was average-sized for Crystal City, and no one had to lose time dealing with payment, etc. so it should have been *easier*, not harder. Good luck, Spike…..

    • Padma

      I think your analysis is spot on. Chick-Fil-A did just about everything in the moving-customers-fast playbook and STILL they’re elbow to elbow when all you want is a quick combo meal. Good Stuff operates at a higher price point, which would keep it out of the every-day eatery category, but the format seems designed to make you wait. I’ll give it a try since it’s in my building, but I ain’t waiting 30 minutes for a cheebugga.

  • Vincent Verweij

    Martin Ogle is a fantastic guy. Sorry to see him go at the park, but he’s served the area and the park a lot during his tenure there.

    • Woofer

      You got that right, Martin is a stand-up guy, a true naturalist. That he was able to achieve what he did with the pre-historic NVRPA leadership is amazing. It felt like they fought him at every turn, telling him to slow down or stop every advanced idea he had. They have no idea whom their losing!

  • DarkHeart

    I was hoping Martin would out the person(s) who made Overlook a misnomer.

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