Lyon Park barbecue joint Texas Jack’s may be featured in a new reality TV show.
A crew of a new reality show about D.C. area young professionals visited the restaurant’s private dining room last month to film a conversation between one cast member and his father.
The restaurant’s Director of Operations, Remzi Yilmaz, told ARLnow that the cast member himself chose the restaurant as the location.
“This was one of his favorite places,” he said.
Yilmaz said he was not allowed to share details like the name of the show, citing a non-disclosure agreement, but said the crew might be spotted over the next four weeks filming at other area restaurants, as well as landmarks like the Washington Monument
The show is expected to air in January, though the network on which it is airing and other details are murky.
“I think they’re just giving insight into young professionals in this area, and how they live life, and what they go through,” he said.
A camera crew was also spotted last week at Pentagon Row, in Pentagon City, but it’s unclear if the crew was connected with the new reality series.
The attention of the celebrity gossip world is briefly focused on Virginia Square, of all places.
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Tristan makes out with one of the women, tongue and all. The other grabs his head, brings it to her chest and he motorboats her. And the same woman grabs his junk.
Thompson was in town to face the Washington Wizards.
The video is additional evidence that Thompson is a “serial cheater” and is “devastating” to the famous Kardashian clan, reports People.
The second season of the Real Housewives of Potomac is promising all sorts of drama, including a storyline about Oz restaurant in Clarendon.
The restaurant, which opened in 2015, is apparently not living up to the expectations of co-owner Michael Darby, according to a teaser video released by Bravo.
“The restaurant, it’s not doing well as I’ve hoped,” Darby says to his wife and fellow co-owner, Ashley Darby. “We need to sort it out.”
(ARLnow.com happened upon the filming of the scene, which took place on June 22, 2016.)
Despite moderately positive reviews, Oz — which serves Australian cuisine — has appeared to struggle to fill its large dining area most days of the week.
The second season of “RHOP” premieres April 2.
A D.C. restaurant known for steak frites and “secret sauce” might open a new location in Virginia Square.
But a tipster may have solved the mystery while touring an apartment building. Medium Rare is looking to open its restaurant in a retail space at the Latitude apartment development at 3601 Fairfax Drive, across from the Virginia Square Metro station, the tipster says he was told during the tour.
Though a visit to the apartment complex yesterday revealed little evidence that a new Medium Rare was on the way, the company seemed to confirm the opening in a brief correspondence.
When asked when a Virginia Square location might open, a representative for the eatery responded “likely early 2018.” The representative didn’t respond to additional requests for comment, however.
Medium Rare currently has two locations on Barracks Row and in Cleveland Park in the District.
Hat tip to Craig Wasilewsky
Duane “Dog” Chapman visited Don Tito (3165 Wilson Blvd) in Clarendon over the weekend.
The bounty hunter and reality show star stopped by the restaurant on Saturday and ordered a plate of fajitas for lunch, we’re told. After chowing down, but before riding away in a black SUV, Chapman posed for a couple of photos.
Chapman was in town with his wife, Beth, attending presidential inauguration events. Beth Chapman, who is politically active as president of the Professional Bail Agents of the United States, donated to the campaigns of both Hillary Clinton and President Donald Trump.
By all indications, it looks like 2017 will be an eventful year in Arlington.
Between the new administration, new buildings, new projects, a potentially interesting local election and other changes, there is plenty to talk about.
We’ve taken seventeen local topics that we feel we know a thing or two about and have made predictions — some bolder than others — on what will happen in 2017.
Have some of your own predictions — perhaps on topics we didn’t cover, like Metro or schools? Air them out in the comments.
1. Economics. Despite concerns about a shrinking government under Trump, barring an unforeseen event 2017 will turn out to be a good year economically for Arlington. The broader economy will be growing and that will bring more private sector jobs to Arlington. An increase in infrastructure and defense spending would also be a boon to the local economy.
2. Restaurants. The pace of new restaurant openings in Arlington will slow to a crawl, as only a few notable restaurants are in the pipeline at the moment. This follows a period of rapid restaurant expansion in Arlington during the Obama years. Don’t blame the new president, blame restaurant oversaturation. But the lack of openings, combined with a continued cull of weaker restaurants, will have a net positive effect on the survivors, many of which are just barely squeaking by. Diners won’t have as many shiny new restaurants to try and will instead increasingly appreciate those we already have.
3. Protests. In Arlington, progressive activism will gear up as an erratic president pushes policies, initiatives and viewpoints that Democrats find intolerable. Although Trump will go against his own party at times, that won’t quell growing progressive discontent. Expect to see more protests in the streets, including in Arlington.
4. Rosslyn. The opening of the Central Place project will transform Rosslyn from a massive construction site to an increasingly modern “downtown,” with the welcome addition of some new trendy restaurants and cafes. CEB, the main tenant in the new Central Place office building, was just acquired by Gartner. We hear that CEB is staying but could Gartner, which is located in a decidedly Millennial-unfriendly suburban office park in Stamford, Connecticut, choose to move to Rosslyn to join its new acquisition? The company already has an office in Ballston.
5. 1812 N. Moore. Also in Rosslyn: at long last, more than three years after first opening, one of the most prominent buildings in the Arlington skyline will be getting its first tenant. In fact, the 35-story office tower at 1812 N. Moore Street might get its first tenants, plural.
6. Homeownership. The American dream of homeownership remains unattainable for many in the Millennial generation who have made Arlington their home. While it might not register significantly in demographics, older Millennials — young couples and families in their 30s — will increasingly be moving out of Arlington to more affordable locales… or out of the Washington area entirely.
7. YIMBYism. Frustration with high housing prices may breed YIMBYism in Arlington. A movement in New York City and San Francisco, YIMBYism says “Yes In My Backyard” to new housing, countering anti-development “NIMBYism” that is prevalent in the D.C. area. Look for organized YIMBYism to gain some sprouts of support in Arlington from those who want more townhouses and family-sized condos on the market.
8. County Board. Jay Fisette is expected to announce next month whether or not he’s running for reelection. Colleagues say even they do not know what he will do; we give even odds to either choice. If Jay does not run, look for the political return of former County Board candidate and Planning Commission Chair Erik Gutshall. Another name mentioned as a potential contender: Transportation Commission Chair Chris Slatt.
9. School Board. James Lander will face a primary challenge in this year’s School Board race.
That certainly seems like the implication of a cryptic series of early morning tweets from the restaurant’s Twitter account.
The steakhouse hinted that it’s bringing something to Arlington “in [the] next few months.” Asked by ARLnow.com for additional information, the restaurant replied, “not yet.”
Noted for its simplicity, moderate prices, selection of sauces and crowd-pleasing desserts, Medium Rare currently has two locations in the District: on Barracks Row and in Cleveland Park.
Arlington VA, Guess what….#secretsauce might be closer then you think in next few months !!
— mark bucher (@MediumRareDC) October 25, 2016
Hey Arlington VA, are you ready for some #secretsauce?….
— mark bucher (@MediumRareDC) October 25, 2016
@ARLnowDOTcom not yet ;)…
— mark bucher (@MediumRareDC) October 25, 2016
— snack decision (@snackdecision) October 25, 2016
Amid a turbulent period for restaurants in Clarendon, there are rumors circulating about two other prominent neighborhood eateries.
Multiple sources have told ARLnow.com that Pete’s New Haven Apizza (3017 Clarendon Blvd), which opened in 2011, has been looking for another business to take over its space. One source said a deal is in the works which would bring a new Chipotle location to the current Pete’s space.
“That’s news to me,” Pete’s co-founder Joel Mehr said, when asked about it in June. He declined further comment.
There have also been persistent rumblings that Fuego Cocina y Tequileria (2800 Clarendon Blvd), which opened in 2012, may be closing by the end of the year. A spokeswoman said the Mexican restaurant is doing well and reports about a potential closure are false.
“Those rumors are not correct,” said Simone Rathle, on behalf of Fuego owner Passion Food Restaurant Group. She said the rumors may have started after Fuego stopped serving lunch on weekdays.
Over the span of a month this summer, three prominent Clarendon restaurants — Hard Times Cafe, Boulevard Woodgrill and American Tap Room — closed their doors. Brixx Pizza in Clarendon closed earlier this year after just six months in business.
While there are more new restaurants and bars on the way — Ambar, Pamplona, Opera — some insiders question whether there might be more restaurants in Clarendon than the market can handle. That would explain why even generally well-liked spots, such as Boulevard Woodgrill, have been closing.
Insiders say middle-of-the-road restaurant concepts that branch out as small chains after finding success in the suburbs — American Tap Room would be one example — are particularly vulnerable. Drawn to Clarendon by allure of the area’s young, affluent potential customers, they find that consumers have tastes more in line with D.C. than Fairfax County.
“I think the mini-chains don’t realize this clientele is so used to D.C. and big city ideas,” said one industry insider. “In a town far out it would probably do well, but people here want something different.”
There’s also the issue of quickly-changing consumer habits — the reason why the once-hot frozen yogurt and cupcake shops have been whittled down to one survivor apiece in Clarendon.
Still, neither explanation would apply to Pete’s, which originated in D.C., or Fuego, which was launched in Clarendon by savvy, successful D.C. area restaurateurs. In the end, it might come down to supply and demand: too many restaurants in one place, not enough potential customers.
Multiple sources tell ARLnow.com that the bar and restaurant at 3101 Wilson Blvd is either set to close or, at least, give up part of its space for a new Verizon Wireless store. No timeline was given for when either might happen.
A local manager at American Tap Room told us that it’s not planning to close. The restaurant’s Reston-based parent company, Thompson Hospitality, did not return a call last week seeking comment.
In late 2014 we reported, citing commercial real estate sources, that American Tap Room was seeking a buyer to take over its large, pricy lease for space just across from the Clarendon Metro station. It has remained open since that report.
Hungry people looking for half-priced burgers at Thirsty Bernie (2163 N. Glebe Road) Monday night were met with disappointment and turned away by a sign on the door reading “Closed on short notice. Sorry.”
The sports bar and grill off of Lee Highway was only closed for the night and will be open tomorrow, said an employee. He declined to say why the restaurant was closed because the manager was not there.
There were at least five people milling about inside the restaurant last night, despite it being closed.
The closure comes amid rumors that changes are afoot at Thirsty Bernie. Two tipsers have told ARLnow.com that the neighborhood sports bar is changing management and its format.
“Thirsty Bernie… is abandoning the sports bar concept in favor of a ‘lounge’ theme,” a tipster said. Another tipster described the new format as a “nightclub.”
So far we have been unable to reach the restaurant’s owner for confirmation.
The weather should be absolutely perfect and both the Capitals and Wizards are still alive in the playoffs, regardless of the status of John Wall’s hand.
With our forums still dormant, we’re giving you, the readers, a chance to discuss everything and anything in Arlington in the comments section of this post. Hopefully you do it in between enjoying sunshine, warmth and the great outdoors.
Flickr pool photo by John Sonderman