Grill Kabob, a family-run chain, has opened a new location in Crystal City.
The new store at the corner of 23rd Street S. and S. Eads Street — in the former Cafe Pizzaiolo and Hearthstone Pizza space — opened on Sept. 1, and business has grown steadily each day, said manager David Rasoli.
“The people keep coming since day [one],” Rasoli said.
Grill Kabob (507 23rd Street S.) is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The restaurant is also planning to open for 24 hours one day a week, “which is good for Arlington, good for people, good for us,” he said.
The kabob place serves multiple types of kabobs, including ground chicken, ground beef, lamb, chicken and veggie.
“Nobody else has veggie kabobs,” Rasoli said.
The restaurant also sells falafel and gyros, and everything is made fresh. Recipes are a family tradition, and everything is kept the same throughout the 10 Grill Kabob locations, said Rasoli’s daughter Toba.
Rasoli said the most popular dishes are the chicken and ground chicken kabobs. All meals come with two sides of rice, homemade bread and a salad. For the grand opening of the store, Grill Kabob also offered chicken and lentil soup on the house.
The food is healthy, fresh and not made with any additives, Toba said.
“You’re getting the best of the best, basically,” she said.
The new kabob restaurant will have some competition with Kabob Place a couple buildings down on 23rd Street S.