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by ARLnow.com January 11, 2013 at 3:55 pm 1,308 25 Comments

Memphis Barbeque in Crystal CityMemphis Barbeque restaurant (320 23rd Street S.) in Crystal City has closed, and it’s not clear if it will ever re-open.

The restaurant has “closed for reorganization,” according to its website, and as pointed out in the ARLnow.com Forums earlier this week. The restaurant’s phone number has been disconnected and its owner could not be reached for clarification.

The restaurant opened in December 2011. It’s owned by Memphis native and restaurant veteran Chris George, who recruited Redrick Rayborn, formerly the manager of a Memphis-area barbecue restaurant, to serve as “pit master.”

The 5,500 square foot space included a 54-seat bar and a 170-seat dining room. Rock ‘n’ roll and Memphis-related memorabilia adorned the walls.

“When I walked past the shop earlier this week they had moved the planters out of the way and it looked like they had removed some stuff already,” a tipster told ARLnow.com today.

The Memphis Barbeque website asks customers to “please check back for future developments” but doesn’t otherwise say definitively whether the restaurant will re-open.

At least one remnant of the restaurant is still alive and well, though. The Memphis Barbeque Facebook page has not yet mentioned the closing and today asked its 55 followers what they would rather be doing at the moment instead of work.

by ARLnow.com January 11, 2013 at 2:55 pm 22 Comments

Blue Line train by BrianMKAThe Blue Line will be split into two sections this weekend due to track work between Pentagon and Rosslyn.

Metro is performing “NTSB-recommended track circuit replacement, fastener replacement and joint elimination,” according to the agency’s website. Buses will replaces trains between Pentagon and Rosslyn from about 10 p.m. Friday to system closing on Sunday.

Trains will run from Rosslyn to Largo Town Center at regular weekend intervals, Metro said. The other segment of the Blue Line — starting at Franconia-Springfield — will take the Yellow Line bridge over the Potomac to Mount Vernon Square.

Those using the free shuttle bus between Pentagon and Rosslyn should allow 20 minutes of additional travel time, Metro said.

Photo by BrianMKA

by ARLnow.com January 11, 2013 at 1:35 pm 3,187 35 Comments

Courthouse Road bridge over Route 50

(Updated at 2:15 p.m.) The heavily-used Courthouse Road bridge, which connects Courthouse with eastbound Route 50, will be torn down in two weeks.

The bridge is expected to close on Friday, Jan. 25. VDOT is planning to block and reroute westbound I-50 in the Courthouse area from Jan. 26-27 to allow for the bridge demolition work. That weekend, westbound traffic will be directed around the closure via 14th Street, Wilson Boulevard, Washington Boulevard and 10th Street.

From Jan. 25 to late August, when construction of a new Courthouse Road bridge is expected to wrap up, drivers trying to get from eastbound Route 50 to Courthouse will have to drive past the former bridge and instead take the N. Queen/Rhodes Street bridge, turning left on 14th Street to eventually reach Courthouse Road.

The bridge demolition is part of the $39 million Route 50/Courthouse Road interchange project. The project is scheduled for completion in October.

Photo courtesy (bottom left) Keith Hall

Work on the Courthouse Road bridge (photo courtesy Keith Hall) VDOT map depicting Courthouse Road bridge demolition and detour

by ARLnow.com January 11, 2013 at 12:24 pm 9,156 135 Comments

Future location of the "Bracket Room" sports bar

Reality TV star Chris Bukowski is opening a “female-friendly” sports bar called “Bracket Room” in Clarendon.

The “sports lounge and eatery,” as described in a press release, is expected to open this summer. It will be opening in the former Burapa Thai space at 1210 N. Garfield Street, though as of this morning no building permits have been issued.

Bukowski, a Chicago native who is best known for his appearances as a cast member on the ABC reality shows “The Bachelorette” and “Bachelor Pad,” is opening the restaurant with business partners Jeff Greenberg and Nicole Pettitt. Greenberg is also an investor in Clarendon’s Cava Mezze Grill, according to the Washington City Paper.

“The trio plans to change the face of the average sports bar,” said the press release. “By meshing a stylish environment with healthier small plates, and state of the art technology, ‘Bracket Room’ will surely please every palate.”

The press release continued:

“Bracket Room” will boldly redefine the upscale, state-of-the-art sports bar, with wit and irreverent charm. This exciting gathering spot in hip and Metro-accessible Arlington, will serve-up fresh food and drinks that will be unexpected, with a twist. “Bracket Room” will be the ‘go-to’ place for sporting entertainment, yet it will have a modern and female-friendly ambiance.

An avid sports fan, owning a sports lounge has been a dream of his since majoring in Hospitality/Food & Beverage at UNLV. Bukowski is involved with several charities, and he has plans to incorporate a charity with “Bracket Room.”

Future location of the "Bracket Room" sports bar Future location of the "Bracket Room" sports bar

by ARLnow.com January 11, 2013 at 11:15 am 22 Comments

Editor’s Note: This sponsored column is written by Nick Anderson, beermonger at Arrowine (4508 Lee Highway)

Now that we’re into winter, Stouts are fully in season. Every week right now there are great new and returning Stouts on the market. Just this week we will see the return of Founder’s Imperial Stout (in quantities we’ve never seen in Virginia), Southern Tier Choklat Stout, and Left Hand Barrel-Aged Wake Up Dead Imperial Stout (for the first time in a couple years); this after having received the excellent new Sierra Nevada Narwhal Imperial Stout, Dogfish Head Bitches Brew, Terrapin’s W-n-B Imperial Coffee Oatmeal Stout and Moo Hoo Chocolate Milk Stout, and Evil Twin Aun Mas A Jesus Imperial Stout over the past couple of months. For this week, I’m not going to look at the biggest, high-ABV monster Stouts out there—I’m going to look at one of my favorite styles out there: Oyster Stout.

Oyster Stout is one of the best and earliest examples of food’s beer pairing ability, not to mention a style that sounds strange but in fact is quite practical. In Victorian England, oysters were plentiful and cheap enough to be the common bar snacks of the day. The smooth, roasty, dark malt notes of Stout were a perfect match for the briny, sharp oysters and thus the common man’s beer was paired with the common man’s snack. The term Oyster Stout originally was only meant to suggest a beer that pair well with oysters. If you look up old Guinness advertising a lot of it was based on how well it went with oysters — and if you haven’t been looking up old Guinness advertising… well, you’re just wasting your weekends, people.

The next logical (?) step was using oysters in the beer itself. The late 19th Century saw brewers discovering that the calcium carbonate in oyster shells not only clarified their Stout, but also accentuated the bitter flavors of their beers. The first usage of oyster meat in Oyster Stout is commonly accepted to have taken place in New Zealand in 1929. The great beer writer Michael Jackson, who was himself a big Oyster Stout fan, wrote this great piece tracing the use of oysters from New Zealand to the Hammerton brewery in London in 1938, to its period of scarcity before a mid-80s reemergence.

The expectation of many who haven’t tried Oyster Stout is that it will be overtly briny, or redolent with the flavors of oyster meat. While that sounds delicious, it isn’t exactly the case; even in beers where whole oysters are used, most of the liquor (the liquid inside an oyster’s shell—but being from the Mid-Atlantic you knew that, right?) cooks off during the boil. Some Oyster Stouts have salinity to them, but more often than not what tasters perceive as ‘briny’ is a combination of the shells having brought out more of the sharpness in the ingredients and the power of suggestion. While there aren’t a great number of Oyster Stouts on the market, they’re becoming more common. Here are some I suggest trying:

21st Amendment Marooned On Hog Island: This canned Oyster Stout is new to our area from San Francisco. Using Hog Island oyster shells, Marooned has a smooth malty body and just an extra touch of that salinity I’ve always wanted in an Oyster Stout.

Port City Revival: This one is draft only, so either find a bar or restaurant with it on tap or go visit the brewery in Alexandria for a pint or growler—or if you’re like me, both. Revival is just slightly on the maltier side of traditional, and plays well with food though it tends to go pretty quickly on its own in my house. If enough of us bug them, maybe they’ll do a bottle run someday. Please?

Flying Dog Pearl Necklace: Yes, that’s what they call it. At 5.5% Pearl Necklace is a classic Oyster Stout, with a mild feel and an almost smoky roasted malt character. Flying Dog’s Oyster Stout has a sharpness to it that makes it a classic food pairing for anything salty or briny.

Until next time.


Nick Anderson maintains a blog at www.beermonger.net, and can be found on Twitter at @The_Beermonger. Sign up for Arrowine’s money saving email offers and free wine and beer tastings at www.arrowine.com/mailing-list-signup.aspx. The views and opinions expressed in the column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of ARLnow.com.


by ARLnow.com January 11, 2013 at 10:00 am 3,924 161 Comments

Lime Fresh Mexican Grill has closed in Clarendon Lime Fresh Mexican Grill has closed in Clarendon

Lime Fresh Mexican Grill (2900 Clarendon Blvd) has closed its Clarendon location, just shy of the one-year anniversary of its opening.

The restaurant has already taken down the “Lime” sign above the entrance and posted a notice on the door. Customers are being encouraged to go to Lime’s remaining location at Pentagon Row (1101 S. Joyce Street).

Ruby Tuesday, the owner of the Lime chain, closed two company-owned stores after announcing disappointing financial results on Wednesday.

Hat tip to @zippychance

by ARLnow.com January 11, 2013 at 8:15 am 1,355 29 Comments

Building in Ballston by Airpolonia

Another Military Daycare Worker Accused of Abuse — Another Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall daycare worker has been accused of abuse, just three months after another daycare abuse scandal broke at the base. This time, a daycare worker is accused of hitting a three-year-old child with a seat cushion. [WJLA]

Crystal City Plan Wins National Award — The Crystal City Sector Plan has won the American Planning Association’s 2013 National Planning Achievement Award for Innovation in Economic Planning and Development. “This ambitious, creative plan is already beginning to make Crystal City an even better place to live, work and play, and to help Arlington meet the serious challenges posed by BRAC,” said Arlington County Board Chair Walter Tejada, in a statement. [Arlington County]

Wine Walk This Weekend — Crystal City will host its annual “1K Wine Walk” this weekend. All but one “heat” on Saturday is sold out, but tickets are still available for most time slots on Sunday. The “1K Beer Walk” will take place two weekends from now. Disclosure: Event organizer Washington Wine Academy is an ARLnow.com advertiser. [Washington Wine Academy]

Seeking ‘Women of Vision’ Nominees — Arlington County’s Commission on the Status of Women is seeking nominations for the 2013 Women of Vision Awards. “The awards are given to individuals who demonstrate a strong commitment to women’s issues, and have, over time, developed and communicated their vision for women and engaged community members and other leaders in order to realize this vision,” the county said on its website. [Arlington County]

Flickr pool photo by Airpolonia

by ARLnow.com January 11, 2013 at 7:00 am 1 Comment

The following are today’s featured events from our Arlington event calendar. Submit your event to the calendar here.

Northern Lights: Music by Grieg, Sibelius and Rautavaara — Sunday, Jan. 13 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Lyon Park Community Center (414 North Fillmore Street)

IBIS_053.PR_.smallIBIS Chamber Music Society examines Nordic composers in a “Champagne & Strings” event. Warm up before the concert with a glass of champagne (or perhaps a shot of vodka?) and an informal chat with violinist Joseph Scheer about these Nordic works, including string quartets by Grieg and Sibelius, and eerily fascinating music for harp and strings by Rautavaara. Join us after the concert for a reception.

Tickets $20/10 for seniors and students. Kids under 18 are always free.

In-Person Registration for Spanish Classes Saturday, Jan. 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Claremont Elementary School (4700 South Chesterfield Road)

marta-class-editedOn January 12, Edu-Futuro will be holding in-person registration for its Spanish classes for children and adults through its Escuela Bolivia Program for the spring semester at Claremont Elementary School.

Edu-Futuro provides Spanish classes to children and adults taught by native Spanish speakers at some of the most competitive prices in the Greater DC region. Adult classes include a beginners and intermediate course. Classes for children are from Pre- K through 8th grade.


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