(Updated at 3 p.m.) Some local businesses are making it through the pandemic just fine, but others are still struggling.
Restaurants — particularly those that rely on sit-down and bar business — are among the hardest hit. In New York City, a new report said that 9 in 10 restaurants couldn’t pay their August rent. Here in Arlington, one long-time local restaurant owner estimated in April that 30-40% of restaurants could ultimately close as a result of the pandemic.
Talks about another round of coronavirus stimulus on Capitol Hill have been stalled for month, but are reportedly restarting. A new aid package is likely to include new relief for small businesses, airlines and others.
Unfortunately, that will come too late for a number of Arlington businesses. Here are the fallen — a list of local businesses that have closed over the past 6+ months, since the first coronavirus case in Arlington.
- A Deli (Pentagon City)
- Cinthia’s Bakery II (Columbia Pike)
- Little Beet (Rosslyn)
- Arlington Pharmacy (Bluemont)
- Sugar Shack (Columbia Pike)
- Legal Sea Foods (Crystal City)
- Classic Cigars and British Goodies (Clarendon)
- Lou Lou (Clarendon)
- Aabee Express (Pentagon City)
- Sam Torrey Shoe Service (Lee Highway)
- Red Hook Lobster Pound Truck
- Bar Louie (Crystal City)
- Next Day Blinds (Virginia Square)
- Stageplate Bistro (Ballston)
- Hair Cuttery (Courthouse)
- Ben’s Chili Bowl (Rosslyn)
- MidAtlantic Urgent Care (Virginia Square)
- Cafe Pizzaiolo (Shirlington)
- DAK Chicken (Shirlington)
- Adagio Ballet (Lee Highway)
- Poke Bar (Rosslyn)
- Boston Market (Columbia Pike)
- Saffron Dance (Clarendon)
- Roots (Pentagon City)
- Olive Oil Boom (Courthouse)
- Champps (Pentagon City)
It should be noted that not all of the above closed as a direct result of the pandemic. Sam Torrey Shoe Service, for instance, closed after the owner decided to move to the Outer Banks.
Know of any others not mentioned here? Let us know in the comments.
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Signature Theatre just released single tickets for all 33rd season productions, which highlights the organization’s long-time relationship with legendary composer Stephen Sondheim. Beginning with the musical adaptation of The Color Purple and irreverent No Place to Go, the season continues with three Sondheim musicals, the DC premieres of Off-Broadway hit Which Way to the Stage and Pulitzer Prize finalist Selling Kabul, the Tony Award®-winning rock musical Passing Strange, and return of Signature’s cabaret series honoring legendary artists.
“Last November, the world lost an icon. The death of Stephen Sondheim was a blow to everyone in the theater community. Signature Theatre would not be the same without Sondheim — he IS Signature’s ‘signature.’ This season, we are honoring the legend with productions of Into the Woods, Pacific Overtures and Sweeney Todd dedicated to his memory. These shows represent the diversity and range of Sondheim,” said Signature’s Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner about the new season.
Join us Sunday, Aug 28 from 12-3pm for our MEGA Wine Tasting
How it Works:
We’ve invited all our wine vendors that we work with to bring 6-10 wines in their portfolio (wines that are usually not carried at Osteria