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‘Maya Bistro’ Could Replace Nook Play Space on Lee Highway

A new restaurant could be on the way along Lee Highway, taking the place of the Nook Play Space.

The indoor play area, once located at 5649 Lee Highway in the Leeway-Overlee neighborhood, is picking up and moving to the new Ballston Quarter development.

The space currently sits empty, but it’s unlikely to remain that way for long — a chef at a Turkish restaurant in East Falls Church appears to be eyeing the location for an expansion.

Imam Gozubuyuk has applied for a permit at the location, using the business name “Maya Bistro,” county records show. Gozubuyuk currently cooks up food at the Yayla Bistro, located at 2201 N. Westmoreland Street, with his brother, Abuzer.

Managers at Yayla Bistro did not immediately respond to a request for comment on plans for the Lee Highway space. Maria Vogelei, Nook’s owner, said she didn’t have any information on what might take her business’s place in the small shopping center.

Nook is set to re-open in Ballston Quarter sometime this fall.

H/t Chris Slatt

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Lubber Run Park Bridge Closes Temporarily

A bridge for walkers and cyclists in Lubber Run Park is now closed, at least temporarily.

An alert on the county’s website says the bridge, closest to N. George Mason Drive as a trail runs over Lubber Run itself, will be closed “until further notice.”

A tipster first notified ARLnow about the closure on Friday (Aug. 3). County parks spokeswoman Susan Kalish says workers checked on the bridge while doing some park maintenance, and subsequently decided to close it.

“Our crew was concerned with the bridge but they aren’t bridge experts,” Kalish wrote in an email. “They closed the bridge and have scheduled a bridge expert to check it out.”

Kalish expects the county is “erring on the side of caution” with the closure, but she stressed that “safety is our number one concern.”

The county’s posted detour signs for anyone using the trail, and is directing walkers and bicyclists away from the bridge while work continues.

The park, located at 200 N. Columbus Street, was recently the site of a community gathering to pay tribute to the soon-to-be torn down Lubber Run Community Center.

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Core Allegro Prepares to Open on Fairfax Drive

Core Allegro, a studio that will offer group pilates and ballet classes along with private and semi-private sessions, is about a week away from finishing construction.

Waiting to receive final permits, they hope to open by the end of the month at 4001 Fairfax Drive, business manager Steve Roberts said.

Located between the Ballston and Virginia Square Metro stations, the studio will be led by Olga Roberts and Elena Ovchinnikova.

Ovchinnikova’s experience includes studies at Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet Academy and the Russian State Medical University, according to her bio on Core Allegro’s website. Roberts graduated from London’s Rambert School of Ballet, and began training in pilates at age 11.

“They’re two amazing kind of world class teachers that have come together to really lead this studio,” said Steve Roberts, who is married to Olga Roberts. “It’s not related to any franchise… this is purely from their own professional history and training.”

The roughly 3,000-square-foot facility is being converted from office space to feature reclaimed wood, vinyl flooring and LED lighting. It has been in development for the past year, Steve Roberts said.

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Burger District Opens Its Doors in Courthouse

A new burger restaurant in Courthouse has now opened its doors.

Burger District, located at 2024 Wilson Blvd, held its grand opening on Friday (Aug. 3), taking the place of Basic Burger, which closed up shop at the location last month in order to expand elsewhere.

The new burger eatery is offering a free drink with any meal, through next Monday (Aug. 13) to lure in customers. The restaurant’s menu includes wings, shakes and hot dogs, in addition to burgers.

Burger District also currently has a state license to sell beer and wine, according to restaurant staff, with plans to eventually offer a full bar.

The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. most days.

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Olympic Skier Gus Kenworthy Adopts Dog from Animal Welfare League of Arlington

U.S. Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy traveled to Arlington this past Sunday to adopt a puppy he first met during the Winter Games earlier this year.

The heartwarming moment at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington in Shirlington was captured on video by Humane Society International, which worked with Kenworthy to rescue the puppy — now named “Birdie” — and 90 other dogs from a dog meat farm in South Korea.

“At the time, the newborn Birdie was too young to travel with the other rescued dogs,” HSI said in a press release. “Once old enough, she and two of her siblings traveled to AWLA, one of HSI’s many shelter partners around the world, where Gus adopted her.”

“In March 2018, Gus adopted Beemo, who had been rescued from the same dog meat farm,” the press release also notes. “Sadly, Beemo died in May from a heart condition. Gus’s adoption of Birdie honors the memory of Beemo: she is named after one of Beemo’s favorite pastimes — bird-watching.”

Kenworthy and AWLA both recently wrote about the adoption on social media.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BmAAcoXFxia/

We are so happy that Canela, who recently arrived at AWLA from a S. Korean dog meat farm through Humane Society…

Posted by Animal Welfare League of Arlington on Friday, August 3, 2018

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Construction on Dudley’s Picks Up Steam, As Opening Nears

Work on a long-awaited Shirlington sports bar seems to be picking up steam.

Dudley’s Sport and Ale, set to be located at 2766 S. Arlington Mill Drive in the Village at Shirlington, could be open in time for football season to kick off, according to a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page.

Owner Reese Gardner has worked for years now to open up a new pub in the space formerly occupied by The Bungalow Sports Grill, which closed in June 2015.

Construction Update! We are making a push for the start of regular season. Depending on county inspections we should make it.

Posted by Dudley's Sport and Ale on Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Gardner told ARLnow that he still doesn’t have a firm opening date ready, though he hopes to have “a solid date after a big round of inspections next week.” As of late May, he was eyeing a grand opening sometime this month for the restaurant.

Most of the delays have been driven by wrangling with county inspectors over the bar’s planned steel rooftop, Gardner’s stressed in the past. He’s hoping to have 3,000 square feet of rooftop bar space to sit atop the 12,000-square-foot restaurant.

Gardner’s company also owns Copperwood Tavern in Shirlington and Irish Whiskey Public House in D.C.

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We, The Pizza Set to Open Ballston Location This Fall

We, The Pizza is gearing up to open a new location in Ballston this fall.

The restaurant is set to be part of the Ballston Exchange building at 4201 Wilson Blvd currently undergoing some big renovations, following the departure of the National Science Foundation.

The Ballston store, located between a Dunkin Donuts and a UPS Store, will be We, The Pizza’s second restaurant in Arlington, with another location open in Crystal City. The chain serves up gourmet pizzas, chicken wings and beer, and was launched by former “Top Chef” contestant Spike Mendelsohn.

The building’s owner, Jamestown LLP, is still in the midst of recruiting new tenants for the property, with plans to wrap up construction by the end of the year.

Shake Shack, Cava and Philz Coffee plan to set up shop as retailers, while the coworking space Industrious recently committed to become the first new tenant in the building’s offices.

Photo courtesy of John Borowiec

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Medina Opens Its Doors in Former Earl’s Ballston Space

The Middle Eastern restaurant Medina has now opened its doors in Ballston.

The eatery first posted signs at the space last month, located at 4215 Fairfax Drive, across from the Ballston Metro station.

The restaurant still doesn’t have an online presence of any kind, but signs promise “shawarma, falafel and beyond” for its menu.

The location was once home to Earl’s Sandwiches, which shuttered back in June. Earl’s still operates a restaurant near Clarendon.

H/t Peter Golkin

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Roots Canada Set to Open in Pentagon City Mall Next Week

Lifestyle brand Roots Canada will open up shop in a 3,200 square foot space within the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City next Friday (Aug. 10).

Though a display in front of the forthcoming store, pictured above, advertises Roots as coming Aug. 11, a recent press release from the company, Fashion Centre at Pentagon City’s website and ads in the Pentagon City Metro all set the opening date as Aug. 10.

Next Friday’s opening in Arlington will come the day after Roots opens for business in Georgetown (3259 M. Street NW).

The two D.C.-area sites follow three new stores that opened this June in Greater Boston. Roots aims to have between 10 and 14 new retail locations open in the U.S. by the end of next year, according to an April press release.

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Crime Report: Peeper Peeps Through Cracked Door

Police were called to a residence near the Walter Reed Community Center last week for a report of a man peeping through an slightly ajar door.

Officers were dispatched shortly before 1:30 a.m. on Friday, July 25 for a report of a hoodie-wearing man staring in at the female resident. When she closed the door, he fled.

More from this week’s Arlington County Police Department crime report:

PEEPING, 2018-07250019, 2900 block of 16th Road S. At approximately 1:23 a.m. on July 25, police were dispatched to the report of a peeping just occurred. Upon arrival, it was determined that the victim awoke to an unknown male suspect looking into her residence through a slightly ajar door. When the victim noticed the suspect and shut the door fully, the suspect fled.  The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 6’3″, with a slim build, with brown eyebrows, wearing dark framed glasses and a dark gray hoodie with the hood up. The investigation is ongoing.

More highlights from this week’s crime report, including some that we’ve already reported, are below.

BURGLARY (late), 2018-07310181, 1000 block of N. Monroe Street. At approximately 2:50 p.m. on July 31, police were dispatched to the late report of a burglary. Upon arrival, it was determined that between 12:42 p.m. and 2:50 p.m., an unknown suspect gained entry to a residence and stole numerous items of value. The suspect is described as a black male with dreadlocks, wearing a gray sweatsuit. The investigation is ongoing.

ASSAULT ON POLICE, 2018-07300080, 3000 block of Washington Boulevard. At approximately 9:47 a.m. on July 30, police were dispatched to the report of a suspect making verbal threats to customers inside a restaurant. Upon arrival, officers made contact with the suspect and he was subsequently banned from the property. At approximately 10:28 a.m., police were again dispatched to the location for the report of trespassing as the suspect had returned to the restaurant and was causing a disruption. As officers attempted to place the suspect into custody, the suspect became combative and a struggle ensued. The suspect did not obey the lawful commands of the officers and a Taser was deployed. The suspect was then taken into custody successfully. Masakela Blackmon, 42, of No Fixed Address, was arrested and charged with Assault & Battery of Police (x2), Trespassing and Obstruction of Justice.

MALICIOUS WOUNDING, 2018-07290070, 2200 block of S. Eads Street. At approximately 6:42 a.m., police were dispatched to Inova Alexandria Hospital for the report of an assault that occurred in Arlington County. Upon arrival, it was determined that at approximately 12:15 a.m., the victim was on foot when an unknown male suspect yelled at him. The victim was then approached by four suspects who struck him in the back of the head and assaulted him, causing him to lose consciousness. The suspects are described as two black males, a mixed race female, and a third male of unknown race. All four of the suspects were wearing plaid shirts and had unkempt appearances. The investigation is ongoing.

BURGLARY (late), 2018-07300046, 800 block of S. Adams Street. At approximately 7:24 a.m. on July 30, police were dispatched to the late report of breaking and entering. Upon arrival, I twas determined that between 8:00 a.m. on July 29 and 7:00 a.m. on July 30, two unknown suspects gained entry to the fenced yard of a residence and stole items of value. There are no suspect descriptions. The investigation is ongoing.

ATTEMPTED BURGLARY (late), 2018-07270244, 900 block of 23rd Street S. At approximately 4:36 p.m. on July 27, police were dispatched to the late report of breaking and entering. Upon arrival, it was determined that between 8:00 p.m. on July 26 and 4:35 p.m. on July 27, an unknown suspect(s) attempted to force entry to a building, causing damage. There is no suspect(s) description. The investigation is ongoing.

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Virginia Hospital Center Earns $70,000 Grant to Support Pregnant Women

The Virginia Hospital Center’s Outpatient Clinic has an additional $70,354 to support uninsured and low-income pregnant women in the area, thanks to a recent grant from the Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation.

The bulk of the grant money — $64,354 — will support the second year of a telemedicine pilot program, which facilitates virtual appointments for patients with high-risk pregnancies who are unable to schedule some appointments in-person due to work, child care commitments or transportation barriers.

Another $5,000 will go to “transportation cards” for pregnant women who are low-income. The remaining $1,000 will go to purchasing “pack-and-plays,” which provide a safe place for newborns to sleep, for families in need.

The Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation was founded in memory of Jennifer Lawson, a mother of three who died in a 2014 accident. Registration is now open for the fourth annual Jennifer Bush-Lawson 5K & Family Fun Day, scheduled for Nov. 17. The event will raise additional funds for the Virginia Hospital Center’s Outpatient Clinic.

Photo courtesy Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation

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Permits Issued But No Construction Yet at Former Clarendon Walgreens

It has stood empty and unused for a year and a half, but there are signs that interior construction could be starting soon at the former Walgreens in Clarendon.

The final plan for the historically-designated building to be converted into a JPMorgan Chase Bank was approved by Arlington inspectors last week, according to county permitting records.

The branch is one of four planned for the D.C. area as part of an expansion of the financial giant’s consumer banking arm. The company purchased the property at 2825 Wilson Blvd for $25 million, according to the Washington Business Journal.

Asked for additional details, including an expected opening date, a JPMorgan Chase spokesman said the company has “no further information to provide at this time.”

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Clarendon Grill Space Listed for Lease

Clarendon Grill, long a fixture of Arlington’s nightlife, could soon be on the move.

The restaurant’s space at 1101 N. Highland Street is currently listed for lease by realtors at the Trimark Corporation, and an online listing notes that the location is “currently occupied by the Clarendon Grill but is available right away.”

“This space will go fast!” the listing proclaims, advertising the location as “the heart of Clarendon.” A realtor with Trimark declined to discuss the listing and referred questions to the restaurant’s managers.

Owner Peter Pflug did not immediately respond to a request for comment seeking clarity on whether the restaurant is shutting down or moving elsewhere. He previously told ARLnow that he’d signed a lease to remain at the location through 2022, even as high rent prices have challenged some local businesses.

The bar’s been in business since 1996, making it one of oldest establishments in downtown Clarendon.

The space was fully renovated in 2010, and has regularly hosted a full slate of live entertainment and even salsa dancing classes. The restaurant currently lists live entertainment dates throughout the month of August on its website.

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Legend Kicks & Apparel Set to Reopen on Columbia Pike

Legend Kicks & Apparel appears set to reopen on Columbia Pike almost four months after a man broke into the store, then located at 2617 Columbia Pike, and proceeded to steal merchandise and set a fire.

The new site is just down the street at 2609 Columbia Pike. According to the store’s Instagram page, it will open this Saturday (Aug. 4).

Arlington County police arrested a suspect in connection with the arson and burglary less than a week after the crimes occurred.

Located in the Penrose area, Legend Kicks and Apparel sells items including shoes and customers may also sell or trade merchandise.

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