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Ice Cream Shop Appears to be Coming to Shirlington

It looks like Shirlington will be getting its own ice cream shop.

An application has been filed to convert a storefront at 4150 Campbell Avenue into an “ice cream take out” business. There is a frozen yogurt store a block away, but no other ice cream shops in the neighborhood.

The exact storefront could not be confirmed, though Knits Etc. at 4150 Campbell Ave recently closed and is currently vacant.

Hat tip to Chris Slatt

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Dudley’s Pushes Back Opening Once More, Eyes August Kickoff

(Updated at 5:10 p.m.) A long-delayed Shirlington sports bar could open in late summer, as its owner revises his timetable once more.

Reese Gardner has been hoping to open Dudley’s Sport & Ale in a 12,000-square-foot space at 2766 S. Arlington Mills Drive. The bar would replace the former The Bungalow Sports Grill, which closed in June 2015, and Gardner envisions it including a 3,000-square-foot rooftop bar as well.

Yet the project has encountered persistent delays over the last few years, related to both construction and Arlington County’s permitting process. But these days, Gardner tells ARLnow that he’s “getting close” to finally finishing the restaurant.

He’s eyeing an August opening for Dudley’s, and he hopes to be able to formally set a date by early July.

Dudley’s also posted on its Facebook page that it received its “final steel delivery” on May 15. The material is largely reserved for the rooftop, which Gardner says will hold up to 300 people when it’s finished.

Final Steel delivery today. Look for an August opening.

Posted by Dudley's Sport and Ale on Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Posted by Dudley's Sport and Ale on Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Gardner’s company also owns Copperwood Tavern in Shirlington and Irish Whiskey Public House in D.C. He’s previously said that Washington Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo joined his ownership team for his restaurants.

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Alexandria-Based Tex-Mex Restaurant Planning to Open in Crystal City

An Alexandria-based Tex-Mex restaurant is gearing up to move into the space once occupied by Cantina Mexicana in Crystal City.

The owner of Los Tios Grill is planning to open their third Northern Virginia location at the space at 515 23rd Street S., according to landlord Stratis Voutsas.

German Mejia, the owner of Los Tios, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on his plans for the location. But Voutsas expects that Mejia will have the new restaurant, which sits next to what was once Cafe Italia, open to customers within the next month or so.

Voutsas’ company controls many of the properties along 23rd Street S., and he says he and his wife, Georgia Papadopoulos, have been working for years to bring in more small businesses and “re-envision” his section of Crystal City.

Bob and Edith’s was the first step to that,” Voutsas told ARLnow. “Los Tios is the second building block.”

Mejia currently runs two locations in Alexandria, and just opened a new restaurant in Leesburg, according to the Los Tios website. The restaurants specialize in fajitas, along with traditional Salvadoran dishes, and have extensive selections of margaritas and Mexican beer.

Los Tios will replace one of the area’s oldest restaurants. Cantina Mexicana closed its doors last December, after first opening under a different name in 1978.

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Ballston Quarter Unveils 12 New Restaurants, Including the Return of Chick-Fil-A

Ballston Quarter mall is unveiling 12 new restaurants with plans to open in the development, bringing the shopping center’s total to 22 confirmed eateries ahead of its scheduled re-opening this fall.

Forest City, the company that owns and manages the under-construction former Ballston Common Mall, announced the line-up of eateries today (Thursday). Some of the restaurants will be located in the development’s 25,000-square-foot “food hall,” while others will be spread throughout the mall or even located in the apartment building attached to the project.

The restaurants announced today include the return of Chick-fil-A, an old staple of the Ballston Common mall, and the first location of D.C. chain Compass Coffee outside the city. Union Kitchen Grocery and Baltimore-based The Local Oyster are also planning a location at Ballston Quarter, as is the previously-announced Ted’s Bulletin.

“Our overall mission for Ballston Quarter is to feature some of the most unique, trendsetting restaurants and reimagined brands possible, with a strong focus on best-in-class regional favorites,” Will Voegele, Forest City’s senior vice president of development, wrote in a statement.

The developer announced the mall’s first retail tenants last month, and several “experience-oriented” businesses in February. Forest City added it plans to announce more restaurants for the development ahead of its opening in the fall.

Full details from a press release on the 12 new restaurants, after the jump.

  • All About Burger: All About Burger is a D.C.-based burger chain known for its vast selection of milkshakes, burgers, hot dogs and cheesesteaks. The 2,793 square-foot Ballston Quarter location will be the eatery’s fifth storefront overall, joining existing locations in Arlington, VA, Southwest and Northwest D.C., and Baltimore.
  • Chick-Fil-A: As one of the largest fast food chains and family-owned businesses in the country, Chick-Fil-A has more than 2,200 locations and 125 locations in Virginia. The beloved family-favorite and an existing Ballston-staple will be returning this fall with its famous chicken-centric menu in a new 2,925 square-foot Ballston Quarter location.
  • Compass Coffee: Compass Coffee was founded in Washington, D.C. by two former Marines who set out to change the way people experience coffee with nine different blends with unique notes and flavors. With seven locations in D.C., the 2,170 square-foot Ballston Quarter location will be located on the ground floor of the residential tower, which will be Compass Coffee’s first location outside of the District.
  • French Exit: French Exit began as a pop-up sandwich shop founded by Chef Matt Baker, which featured a rotating menu of creations including a croque-madame, a Korean braised short rib hoagie and a fried chicken sandwich. The 820 square-foot Quarter Market location will be French Exit’s first brick and mortar store, which will offer similarly inspired dishes.
  • Maizal: Maizal is a South American restaurant serving a fresh take on one of South America’s most coveted street foods, the arepa, a cornmeal patty topped with fresh meats and vegetables and served with sides such as yuca fries and street corn. Maizal’s 843 square-foot Quarter Market restaurant will be Maizal’s first location in Virginia and second location to date.
  • Mezeh: Mezeh is a regional fast casual restaurant serving freshly made-in-house Mediterranean staples such as tabbouleh, hummus, caramelized eggplant and homemade fruit juices prepared in small batches daily, free of preservatives for guaranteed freshness. With eight locations in Maryland and Virginia, the 1,932 square-foot Ballston Quarter location will add to its expanding list of regional eateries.
  • Slapfish: Slapfish is a casual seafood restaurant originally founded by Andrew Gruel in Huntington Beach, California. With roots as a food truck, and 11 locations nationwide, Slapfish features locally-sourced dishes such as fish tacos and sandwiches. The 2,314 square-foot Ballston Quarter location will be the second location on the east coast, joining their Rockville, Maryland restaurant, which is slated to open in June 2018.
  • Sloppy Mama’s BBQ: Sloppy Mama’s BBQ is a family-owned business specializing in authentic American BBQ. Created by a husband and wife duo, Sloppy Mama’s is dedicated to making the best smoked meats in the DMV region. The 195 square-foot Quarter Market location will be Sloppy Mama’s second standalone location, joining the existing storefront in Union Market.
  • South Block: Northern Virginia’s first cold-pressed micro juicery, South Block, opened in 2011, bringing cold-pressed juices, smoothies and acai bowls to its customers sourced with the freshest local ingredients. The 1,231 square-foot Ballston Quarter location will be located in the ground floor of the Ballston Quarter residential tower, and it will be South Block’s tenth location in the D.C. region.
  • Ted’s Bulletin: Ted’s Bulletin first opened in 2010 as a modern American diner offering traditional comfort food dishes. With six locations in the D.C. region, Ted’s Bulletin will open its newest location at 4,534 square feet in Ballston Quarter this fall.
  • The Local Oyster: The Local Oyster is an oyster bar featuring locally sourced ingredients and regionally inspired seafood dishes including crab legs, Old Bay-seasoned shrimp and lobster. The 1,495 square-foot Quarter Market location will be The Local Oyster’s second location since the first restaurant opened in Baltimore, Maryland in 2015.
  • Union Kitchen Grocery: Union Kitchen Grocery offers a selection of locally made gourmet foods with an international flair, including items ranging from house cured meats to freshly-made chocolates. This 2,812 square-foot store will be located on the ground floor of the Ballston Quarter residential tower, and will be Union Kitchen’s fourth expected store in the D.C. region.
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‘Cajun Seafood and Sushi Lounge’ Plans to Open This Week in Clarendon

Asiatique, a “Cajun seafood and sushi lounge,” will be holding a soft opening Thursday (May 17) in Clarendon, according to a restaurant rep.

Starting Thursday until the end of May, the restaurant — located at 3225 Washington Blvd., on the ground floor of the Beacon at Clarendon apartment building — will offer restaurant-goers 25 percent off its meals.

Signs were up in January and the restaurant’s owner previously told ARLnow that it would likely open in mid-February. Recently the restaurant placed a lighted “open” sign on the window.

Food on the menu includes fried baskets, with options ranging from chicken tenders to oysters, and a wide variety of sushi offerings, which range in price from $6-$18.

The restaurant also offers blue crab, crawfish, crab legs, shrimp, mussels and steamed scallops. Alongside the seafood orders, customers can choose a sauce to accompany each dish and choose a level of spiciness.

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Second Location of Fabio Trabocchi Restaurant Sfoglina to Open in Rosslyn

Renowned D.C. restauranteurs Fabio and Maria Trabocchi plan to bring a new Italian eatery to Rosslyn.

The Trabocchis will open a second location of their well-reviewed Sfoglina Pasta House at the base of the office building at 11oo Wilson Boulevard, according to a press release from building owner Monday Properties. The Washington Business Journal first reported the news.

The 4,500-square-foot location will be the Trabocchis’ first restaurant outside of D.C., and will include room for outdoor seating and even offer catering for any company looking to hold an event on the building’s rooftop.

“This is such an exciting opportunity, and we’re delighted to be a part of this vibrant and growing community, while further strengthening our love for the craft of pasta-making,” Fabio Trabocchi said in a statement.

The release did not offer any clarity on when the restaurant might open, but the Business Journal reported that it could open by the end of this year, or in early 2019. The 31-story building is currently home to Politico and local TV station WJLA, and sits adjacent to Rosslyn’s Freedom Park.

The Trabocchis opened the original Sfoglina on Connecticut Avenue in D.C. in 2016, and the couple also manages popular Italian restaurants in the city including Fiola, Fiola Mare and Del Mar.

The full press release is after the jump.

Photo via Google Maps

Monday Properties announced today that one of the nation’s most widely celebrated restaurateurs, chef Fabio Trabocchi, will open a second location of his award-winning pasta restaurant, Sfoglina, at 1100 Wilson Boulevard in Rosslyn, Virginia. The 4,500 square foot lease with Trabocchi includes space for outdoor seating, expanded food service and catering for the project’s expansive rooftop deck amenity.

“Monday Properties is thrilled to welcome award-winning chef Fabio Trabocchi’s Sfoglina to 1100 Wilson Boulevard,” said Tim Helmig, Managing Partner for Monday Properties. “The proven Sfoglina concept is the first of its kind to be positioned in the area and we are proud to have such a prestigious restaurant in the neighborhood that the Rosslyn community can enjoy. We now have the unique opportunity to offer world-class dining and entertainment, and tenants will also have access to the building’s state-of-the-art rooftop deck with premier catering services by Chef Trabocchi.  This is a huge milestone not only for our portfolio, but for Rosslyn as a whole.”

Sfoglina landing in Rosslyn illustrates the traction Monday Properties is capitalizing on to attract impressive businesses from a diverse group of sectors, most recently demonstrated through decisions by Nestlé USA, Gerber and Grant Thornton to move their headquarters to Rosslyn.

“We’re thrilled to be working with Monday Properties to bring Sfoglina to one of Northern Virginia’s signature addresses,” says Fabio Trabocchi.  “This is such an exciting opportunity, and we’re delighted to be a part of this vibrant and growing community, while further strengthening our love for the craft of pasta-making.”

“We’re excited to welcome a restaurateur of Chef Trabocchi’s stature to Rosslyn. Sfoglina will serve as the premier dining destination for Rosslyn’s workforce and residents who are looking to host business lunches and dinners, as well as the opportunity to enjoy drinks with clients or colleagues in an upscale environment,” said John Wharton, Senior Vice President of Leasing for Monday Properties.

1100 Wilson Boulevard is a LEED-EB Gold Certified building under the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) program. Comprising more than 5,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, the rooftop deck will provide tenants of the Towers unparalleled amenities for conferencing, tenant events and collaboration space. Trabocchi’s Sfoglina will provide catering service for tenants who host gatherings on the deck.

Trabocchi has renowned restaurants situated across the District of Columbia, including Del Mar at The Wharf, Fiola Mare at the Georgetown Waterfront, Fiola in Downtown Washington, Casa Luca near City Center, and the first location for Sfoglina, which is located on Connecticut Avenue. Sfoglina was awarded three stars and ranked second on The Washington Post’s 2017 Spring Dining Guide. It also earned a 2018 Michelin Bib Gourmand award. Additionally, Trabocchi has been awarded a James Beard Award for Best Chef Mid-Atlantic and Chef of the Year by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington.

Including this transaction, Monday Properties has transacted on over 600,000 square feet of leasing activity in the last 12 months as companies of all sizes relocate to Rosslyn due to its extensive amenity base, growing diversity of sectors and employees, and unmatched convenience to major transportation hubs and the nation’s capital.

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New Korean-Vietnamese Restaurant Coming to Arlington Ridge

An organic Korean-Vietnamese food truck is opening up a brick-and-mortar location in Arlington Ridge.

Kovi Kitchen will be opening a location at 2921 S. Glebe Road, near the Arlington-Alexandria border. The restaurant teased the news on Twitter and Facebook over the weekend, but did not announce an estimated grand opening weekend.

The food truck, which has parked in Rosslyn for the lunch rush, serves $3 tacos, rice bowls and bahn mi.

The restaurant will be run by Vi Nguyen, who, according to the truck’s website, has at least 29 years of hospitality industry experience.

A voice mail left at the food truck’s listed number was not immediately returned.

Photo via Kovi Kitchen

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Morning Notes

Hotel Planned for Pike Development — Attendees at yesterday’s Columbia Pike Progress Luncheon learned that Orr Partners — which is redeveloping the Food Star grocery store and adjacent sites at Columbia Pike and S. George Mason Drive — has partnered with WhyHotel for the mixed-use project. WhyHotel touts itself as an operator of “pop-up hotels in newly built, luxury apartment buildings.” [Twitter]

County Launches LGBTQ Resource Website — Arlington County has partnered with the Human Rights Commission to develop a website with local, state and national resources for the LGBTQ community. The resources cover a range of topics including housing, domestic violence, sexual assault, health and youth needs. [Arlington County]

Mitten Departing for Illinois — Arlington Deputy County Manager Carol Mitten has accepted the job of City Administrator for Urbana, Ill. “I look forward to advancing common goals for a safe, healthy, sustainable city through thoughtful growth,” she said in a statement. [Smile Politely]

Location Named for Dominion Pint — The owners of Dominion Pint, the new restaurant from the team behind the District’s Meridian Pint and Brookland Pint, have signed a lease for their Northern Virginia establishment. The restaurant is scheduled to open in December at 6035 Wilson Blvd. in Dominion Hills. [PoPville]

VHC Employee Earns ‘4 Under 40’ Award — Virginia Hospital Center’s Taryn Overman, MSN, RN, CEN, has received this year’s “4 Under 40” Emerging Leader Award from the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association. Overman is recognized for going beyond her management responsibilities to help her community, such as during a collaboration with A-Span in which two tons of cereal was collected, and in directing a program that helped train community members in hands-only CPR.

Man Struck, Killed by Blue Line Train — A man was struck and killed by a train at the Arlington Cemetery Metro station last night. Video appears to show that the man was intentionally on the tracks at the time he was struck, according to Metro. [Washington Post, WUSA 9]

Flickr pool photo by Jennifer Presser

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New Taco Restaurant Coming to Pentagon Row

(Updated at 4:20 p.m.) A restaurant called “Gorilla Taco” appears to be coming to the Pentagon Row shopping center.

The new Mexican restaurant has applied for a Virginia ABC permit to serve wine and beer at 1201 S. Joyce Street.

Gorilla Taco has a Facebook page, but it lists little information except for the address and a logo.

A phone number in the permit application is a listed number for Basic Burger, which is in the process of opening a new location on Pentagon Row.

Basic Burger co-owner Jamie Mansy confirmed that Gorilla Taco will be a sister restaurant to Basic Burger and will be an “eight-month pop-up” restaurant based on a food truck the company had for special and private events. It will serve “authentic street tacos,” he said

Additional information about the the restaurant was not immediately available.

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Construction on New Clarendon Japanese Restaurant Underway

(Updated at 2:15 p.m.) A Japanese chain restaurant may be a few steps closer to opening its doors in Clarendon.

Interior work has finally started on the restaurant, which first announced that it was “coming soon” to the former Brixx Pizza space at 1119 N. Hudson Street last May. The restaurant has an active commercial tenant buildout permit.

A application for Virginia ABC permit to serve wine and beer, meanwhile, was filed on Monday and is now pending. The permit suggests the restaurant will seat 101-150 people.

The restaurant’s interior was still in the buildout phase as of Tuesday afternoon, when a propped open front door showed construction material and unfinished fixtures within.

Gyu-Kak is a Japanese yakiniku restaurant chain with locations throughout the U.S., in addition to locations in Japan and other countries. This would be the chain’s first Virginia location, according to Gyu-Kaku’s website.

An email to Gyu-Kaku was not immediately returned, and a phone call to the number listed on a permit application had a full inbox and couldn’t accept a voicemail.

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New Rooftop Bar in Clarendon Set For Approval

A new rooftop bar in Clarendon is on the verge of regulatory approval.

The County Manager’s office has recommended that the County Board approve amendments and modifications to an incoming Clarendon restaurant at the former La Tasca site.

The proposed site plan amendment calls for “the addition of approximately 1,760 square feet of new gross floor area and approximately 12 feet of new building height to accommodate a roof structure for the incoming Buena Vida restaurant, with modification of zoning standards for parking.”

Approximately 129 new seats will be added to the space’s capacity with the amendment.

The County Board is set to approve those modifications, allowing the applicant to maintain the current level of parking spaces. This would reduce the project’s parking ratio from one spot per 580 retail square feet to one space per 606 retail square feet, according to a County Board agenda item.

With the Clarendon Metro station two blocks away from the restaurant site and a slew of Clarendon-area parking garages and street parking options, staff noted that “there will be no undue adverse impacts as a result of the request.”

The new rooftop area, “minimally visible to pedestrians at the ground level,” would include both an enclosed and an outdoor section, elevator access, and a lounge area. “Sound attenuating glass” has been proposed by the applicant for the wall adjacent to Wilson Boulevard, and dark sky lighting standards have been agreed to, per the agenda item.

Both the Clarendon-Courthouse Civic Association and the Clarendon Alliance have indicated support, according to county documents, for the site plan amendment. The Lyon Village Civic Association, per the document, “had not communicated a position on the applicant’s request” to the county.

The rooftop dining and bar area would be the top floor of a three floor dining concept, a Mexican beer garden called Up. The first floor will be a Mexican eatery called Tacos, Tortas & Tequila that would serve the aforementioned foods, while the second floor would be Buena Vida, an all-you-can-eat tapas style restaurant.

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Medium Rare to Open Virginia Square Location This Weekend

The new Medium Rare in Virginia Square will be opening Saturday (April 14) at 5 p.m. for dinner, according to owner Mark Bucher.

The restaurant, known for its fixed-price steak, frites, and “secret sauce,” will then open for brunch Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

The location, on the ground floor of the Latitude Apartments, is opening a little later than what had been previously reported. ABC license application notifications were first posted in November 2017.

Medium Rare has three open locations outside of Virginia — two in D.C. and one in Bethesda.

The steakhouse has help wanted signs posted in the window seeking servers and a hostess. Open interviews will be every day from 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., according to the signs An end date for the open interviews was not listed.

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The Simple Greek Sets Anticipated Opening in Rosslyn

The Simple Greek is hoping to open its new restaurant location at the Colonial Village Shopping Center in early May, according to a company representative.

Signs for the restaurant are currently up at the shopping plaza, between the Rosslyn and Courthouse Metro stations. Workers were installing equipment as of Wednesday morning.

The Simple Greek representatives had previously told ARLnow that they were hoping for a late April opening.

Located at 1731 Wilson Boulevard, the restaurant will serve personalized Greek pitas and bowls. Greek wine and beer are available at select locations, but it doesn’t appear that this location has a pending or active Virginia ABC license.

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CAVA Opens Ballston Location This Week With Free Meals

Mediterranean fast-casual restaurant CAVA is opening its Ballston location on Friday (April 13). To kick off the grand opening, the restaurant will be offering the first 150 customers a free meal.

The free meals start at 10:45 a.m., and proceeds from sales will go to City Blossoms, an urban gardens and community building focused organization.

The new 52 seat location is on the ground floor of the Stafford Place II building, at 4121 Wilson Boulevard, which is the former National Science Foundation headquarters. It will replace Matsutake Steak and Sushi, which closed at the site in 2014.

This Ballston location will be the chain’s 51st in the country, and the 28th in the Washington metropolitan region. Hours of operation will be 10:45 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.

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Morning Notes

New Rooftop Beer Garden in Clarendon — The company behind Ambar is opening three new Mexican restaurant concepts in the former La Tasca space: “Tacos, Tortas & Tequila (TTT), Buena Vida and eventually a rooftop Mexican beer garden called Up.” [Northern Virginia Magazine]

School Board to Gather Once More at Ed Center — Past and present Arlington School Board members will gather prior to the April 19 board meeting for a final group photo at the Arlington Education Center building. School administrators are leaving the 50-year-old building for leased administrative offices along Washington Blvd, to make way for a new high school program. [InsideNova]

Deloitte Expanding in Rosslyn — “Global consulting firm Deloitte LLP plans to significantly increase its footprint in the Waterview building in Rosslyn, where it recently subleased about 120,000 square feet from Gartner Inc. The sublease boosts Deloitte’s presence at 1919 N. Lynn St. to about 450,000 square feet, including the five floors it has picked up from Gartner… The firm now has around 8,000 employees in Rosslyn, its largest of 13 offices across Greater Washington.” [Washington Business Journal]

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