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Rhodeside Grill Closes for Renovations

by ARLnow.com February 4, 2013 at 3:55 pm 16 Comments

Rhodeside Grill (photo via Facebook)(Updated at 8:55 p.m.) Rhodeside Grill (1836 Wilson Blvd), in the Courthouse/Rosslyn area, will be closed for much of the week for “major renovations to the upstairs bar area.”

The renovations will include an extension of the bar, a new beer cooler which will accommodate a larger selection of bottled and canned craft beers, an expanded “cocktail area,” a new tap handle display, and a refinished bar top, according to Jacob Hamblin, the restaurant’s social media manager.

Rhodeside closed last night at midnight, following the Super Bowl, and is expected to reopen on Thursday.

The changes suggest that the owners of the 16-year-old restaurant believe it will be around for some time to come. Eventually, however, Rhodeside is set to be demolished as part of a planned expansion of the next-door National Science Teachers Association office building. The development was first approved by the Arlington County Board in 2005, but a construction timetable has not yet been set.

In 2011, Rhodeside co-owner Wilson Whitney told ARLnow.com that he expects that Rhodeside will re-open in the new building once it is built.

“This has been arranged but [we] do not see it happening any time soon,” Whitney said.

Photos courtesy Rhodeside Grill


  • Cletus Van Damme

    Rhodeside has the best wings in and around Arlington. I stand by this statement and have introduced many friends to their wings who will back me up on this as well.

    • James

      Great burgers also.

    • Hank

      Agreed. The staff is super rad, too. Nice folks.

  • No

    I can’t believe anyone that has an icon with a Phillies hat in it.

    • Cletus Van Damme

      Yea, no.

  • NovApologist

    Glad they are re-doing the bar. There was always something slightly off about the ergonomic balance between stool height, bar height, and the lip at the front of the bar.

  • Hank

    It’s nice when Rhodeside undergoes a renovation on its own volition rather than being forced to because drivers enjoy plowing into and through its front door.

  • Jane-Dallas

    Never liked the place, but to each his own.

  • Eat Me

    This place blows. Should close for good and save themselves some money.

  • exterminator

    I loved this place. It was my go-to brunch spot. Then a roach (or some other bug) ran across the table one day while we were eating. My friend killed it, and the waitress took the bug in the napkin away to throw it out–but we didn’t get an apology or anything. Haven’t been back since, as much as it pains me.

  • Craigie

    There was also a fire in 2000 that shut down the restaurant for months.

  • Love Rhodeside! $4 wine Monday-Friday and the steak salad is phenom. Oh and Jacob Hamblin is okay too, I guess.


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