Arax Cafe in Westover Has Closed

by ARLnow.com June 26, 2012 at 3:05 pm 6,446 37 Comments


Arax Cafe (5852 Washington Blvd) in the Westover neighborhood has closed its doors for good.

A sign in the window of the now-empty coffee shop reads: “To our extended family… we are sorry to announce we are closing at the end of the month. Thank you for 11 fabulous years!”

Arax Cafe enjoyed generally positive reviews on Yelp, where patrons raved about the shop’s Armenian specialties, including pastries and meat pies.

Hat tip to Megan F.

  • Swag

    Comic Sans… you bastards. This is why you went out of business.

    • drax

      Hmm, let’s see, the default font just isn’t good enough. Let me choose another. Look, about a hundred to choose from. Let’s pick…Comic Sans! Yes! Let’s choose THAT one.

    • Tabby_TwoTone


  • dremar

    So sad. One of the few places in the greater DC area to get Armenian food. Does anyone know if there are other places to get Armenian grapeleaves (dolmas) and lahmajun?

    • DarkHeart

      There is an Armenian shoe guy next to Lyon Hall who might give you the secret password if you patronize his services.

      • Tabby_TwoTone

        Only if he’s not being a heel.

      • SteamboatWillie

        That Armenian cobbler at A-1 Valet is awesome. Really nice and really professional.

        Carry on.

    • CW

      Only place I’ve had lahmacun in DC is at Cafe Divan.

    • Al Armenian

      The frozen lahmajun that lebanese taverna market sells is pretty close to what I can get in LA when I visit Armenian family. Otherwise, probably have to wait for one of the two local Armenian churches (DC & Bethesda) to have their annual food bazaars.

  • CrystalMikey

    Always sad to see a local place close.

  • j

    is westover the area where the original lost dog cafe is?

    • Rick


  • Westover

    Great little idea he had, but honestly 11 years is a pretty good run for a side business like that. Hopefully he’s not closing the cleaners as well. THAT would be a terrible.

  • Yah -Lost Dog opened a spoy on Columbia Pike… I wonder why?

    • Tabby_TwoTone

      Also McLean. But they’re owned by former employees of the original, not by the Lost Dog Westover people.

  • CA

    And most likely coming soon, another fourbuks.

  • and yeah, “spoy” should be “spot”

    …on Columbia Pike

  • john

    Rumort has it that the Italian Store is opening in Westover… Now that would be great!

    • nom de guerre

      and exactly who would be “Rumort”?

      • WeiQiang

        clown question, brah … brother of Valdemort

        • NorArl

          Dman Rumort-always tricking us! We all know it’s going to be another pizza place!

          • WeiQiang

            nfw … going to be Bro-Yo

    • DarkHeart

      3 sandwich shops within 75 yards? Parking will be impossible.

    • Suburban Not Urban

      That would be nuts – who would go there instead of Lost Dog?

  • Pablo

    I heard Arax closed because of the loud music coming from the beer garden.

  • YTK

    Good riddance- The last time I went there with a friend to have a nosh, the guy behind the counter was unbelievably surly. We never went back.

    • Tabby_TwoTone

      Maybe because the business was closing.

      I only went once–it’s not near me. But it was a nice little spot. However, I asked for soy, and got milk. It was good, don’t get me wrong, but my guts churned like a tropical storm. (Lactose)

  • Aw. Been going there for 8 years. Sorry to see it go. Take care hutch & rosie!

  • Neighbor

    We enjoyed their food, but the problem was the service was so slow because one person was always working alone. Not a place to go if you were in a hurry.

  • Jerome

    Maybe the W&L flasher was lookin for a meat pie.

  • Jon z

    I’m going to miss that Armenian coffee

  • Id

    Westover is the last sleepy hamlet in Arlington. If a chain gets in there, such will be its death. So sad, to see the mom and pop shops go. I wonder why they are shutting down?

  • Westover2

    Sad to see Arax close. I hear it’s a dispute with the landlord. Also, I imagine their slow service and inconsistent hours share the blame. Hutch is a great guy, but just like everybody can have a bad day once in a while.

    I’ve been going to Toby’s across the street, the people there are really nice, their coffee is good (they use Swing’s roasted in Alexandria), and they open on time every day (7 AM!). It’s also a mom-and-pop business and they have excellent homemade ice cream. Just watch out on Friday and Saturday nights, it’s packed!

    • GMo

      It was indeed a dispute with the landlords. I feel sorry for the next tenant…

  • Justin


  • Gastronaut

    Sad to see them close, their Armenian coffee with cardamom is outstanding, as it their ice cream. I enjoyed sitting outside and chowing down on their sandwich/wrap, and found the owner friendly.

    At least the place isn’t big or shiny enough for a CharBucks.


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