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Mister Days set to open in Clarendon next month after five-year hiatus

Owner Bobby Lee holds a sign announcing the return of Mister Days in Clarendon next to new manager Cindy Mascia (staff photo by James Jarvis)

Former Clarendon mainstay Mister Days Sports Rock Cafe is set to reopen in June with only slight changes to its concept and dining options.

Under the leadership of its original owner, Bobby Lee, the restaurant aims to revive aspects of the beloved sports bar atmosphere that patrons enjoyed at its previous Clarendon location — now home to The Renegade — before Mister Days closed in 2019.

Lee tells ARLnow that the new Mister Days, located at 1101 N. Highland Street in the space formerly home to the western-themed restaurant Pinemoor, is undergoing an evolution and will be much more than just a lunch spot and after-work watering hole with sports on TV.

“It’s a sports bar in a way, but… my vision is to build a big dinner business,” he said. “Not at the sacrifice of sports. That’s why we’ve got separate areas.”

The space is divided into several areas that offer a casual or a more upscale vibe, where people can enjoy a nice dinner or grab a drink at the bar and watch the game, says Lee. Although Lee said the menu is not ready for public dissemination, he said the restaurant plans to serve American-style cuisine for lunch and dinner with rotating specials.

“We’ll have probably five or six different menus,” he said. “We’ll have a game day menu, dinner — I’m really after the dinner.”

Additionally, Lee, who has partnered with local restaurateur and entrepreneur Mike Bramson along with other investors, is refurbishing the outdoor space and has built a DJ booth inside to host a “dancing saloon” on the weekends.

Since a sign announcing Mister Days returning to Clarendon was put up in the restaurant window, Lee says his phone has been ringing off the hook with reservation requests. He was even interrupted by one such request during an interview with ARLnow.

Cindy Mascia, a former Mister Days employee and one of Lee’s new general managers, told ARLnow that “not a week goes by” without her receiving a few texts from people asking when they plan to reopen.

“I didn’t realize how well known — I mean, I always knew Bobby Lee’s name was well-known — but how well-known Mister Days was until now,” she said.

Lee had initially aimed to open in May but postponed the grand opening to June while he waited for the county to approve the various permits. ARLnow was the first to report on Mister Days’ return in January.

“We’re gonna open in June no matter what,” Lee said. “I don’t care what I have to do.”