Protein Bar Opens Tomorrow in Ballston

by Katie Pyzyk January 29, 2013 at 12:25 pm 3,083 26 Comments

A new restaurant aimed at offering high protein foods is opening in Ballston tomorrow. Protein Bar (800 N. Glebe Road) will start serving its blended drinks, wraps and other entrees around lunchtime on Wednesday.

The goal is to serve foods high in protein, high in fiber and low on refined sugars. Founder Matt Matros based the menu on the diet that helped him lose weight.

“I grew up heavy. I switched to the high protein diet and ended up losing 50 pounds in a summer. It’s all of the foods we sell now,” Matros said. “The idea being that high protein foods help you feel full longer, so if you have something higher in protein you’ll not snack later on in the day. That’s what’s worked for me and it’s worked for a lot of our customers.”

Matros went to business school and then worked for Kraft Foods for a while. He became discouraged by the lack of restaurants offering foods along the lines of his high protein diet, so he decided to launch Protein Bar.

“I realized there was no place that started the kind of foods I wanted to eat, so that’s when I decided to start it all myself,” he said.

The first restaurant opened in May of 2009 in Chicago, and Matros recently has been looking for other markets to move into. The D.C. metro is the first place Protein Bar has expanded outside of the Chicago area. Matros says coming here seemed like a natural fit because the people lead similar lifestyles as those in Chicago.

“They eat healthy, they’re educated, they can appreciate what we’re doing,” Matros said. “They’re urban professionals, they’re busy, they don’t have time for lunch.”

Eventually, Matros hopes to expand into other areas in Northern Virginia, like Rosslyn.

“Arlingtonians have a coolness about them,” he said. “We definitely enjoy being here.”

Protein Bar will open tomorrow (January 30) at 11:00 a.m. and will give food away to the first 50 customers. The restaurant will open for normal business hours (7:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m.) on Thursday. Protein Bar will be closed on Sundays.

  • Jamie

    I’m so excited about Protein Bar coming to the neighborhood! I’ve visited the one in D.C. and love all the healthy vegetarian options.

    • Squirts

      I have to poop.

  • Cy

    I’m going to have to make sure my wife stays out of here. She is always looking for younger men.

  • my god the jokes just write themselves on this

  • Sheriff Gonna Getcha

    A welcome addition to the neighborhood. This is a great break from the typical places opening along this block (wings and beer joints). I will definitely be visiting.

  • dezlboy

    Is this the protein shop next to Morris Van’s Hair Salon?

  • novasteve

    Ballston Protein.. hmmm. no thanks.

  • GoodOmens

    Perfect for when I only have 15 minutes to get to the gym.

  • AL

    I had to check my calendar to make sure it wasn’t April Fools Day!

  • brown before green

    {{Matros says coming here seemed like a natural fit because the people lead similar lifestyles as those in Chicago.}}

    Gah. I have a life, and I have style. One thing I hope I will never have is a “lifestyle”.

  • KalashniKEV

    I’ve got some Protein in Rosslyn… and only 7 calories!

    • Clarendon Skank

      Do tell.

      • KalashniKEV

        Wanna meet halfway at ARBG?

    • drax

      Only because it’s extra small.

    • b0rk

      I think they serve it in the men’s room in the Crystal City underground too.

      • Trev

        You mean the men’s sauna at Gold’s Gym in Rosslyn

  • Ren

    Pls remind me…was this the business originally planned for this space and will it occupy the corner under the Peck Chevy diamonds?

  • TJLinBallston

    Protein Bar is next door to the Diamonded Peck Space, which remains for lease. I’ve enjoyed “Protein Bar” in Chicago and hope it does well here. It’s not the “same-old same-old at all.

  • Cyrus

    “Protein Bar” I see what you did there. Meh.

  • novasteve

    I sure hope someone doesn’t go around spraying Ballston protein in squirt bottles anymore.

  • Alice

    This is such great news! I am on a high protein diet and it is working fantastically well so I will definitely be visiting your new restaurant! Thanks so much for thinking of doing this and please open one near me here in Vienna or at Tyson’s corner.
    The best of luck – am sure it will be a fantastic success! Two of my friends who live in Arlington will be regular customers for sure!

  • Brian

    A diet high in protein is bad for your kidneys.

    • That has been debunked.

      That’s why I hate pop-science. The media goes off on the result of one scientific study and treats it like gospel. That’s NOT how science works. This is especially true of dietary studies, because people usually take it to absurd levels on go on extreme diets.

  • anonymouse

    Is anyone else sick of these “gourmet” fast food restaurants in Ballston? I really wish someone would open a decent sit-down restaurant in the area.

  • Squirts

    I have to poop.

  • arlingtony

    I’ve heard they use a lot of quinoa in their burritos. Apparently, the key is to make sure it is moist.


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