(Updated at 2:10 p.m.) The Johnny Rockets in the Pentagon City mall has apparently gone the way of sock hops and McCarthyism.
The 1950s themed burger-and-shake restaurant has been closed and boarded up for the past several days. While the Pentagon City location’s Facebook account is still publishing generic food photos, it has been removed from the company’s website and customers asking about the closure earlier this week have gotten no response.
There was no answer at the restaurant’s phone line. We’re still awaiting confirmation that the eatery has closed for good.
A Johnny Rockets in Shirlington closed last year.
Update on 2/6/16 — A PR rep for the mall writes in an email to ARLnow.com: “Johnny Rockets has been a valued eatery at Fashion Centre at Pentagon City for many years. We expect to make an announcement on plans for the space very soon. Further questions should be directed to Johnny Rockets.”
Police were dispatched to the store around 2:30 p.m. Monday.
A man was in the jewelry store for about 10 minutes looking at rings, said ACPD spokeswoman Ashley Savage. At one point, he allegedly grabbed one of the rings — a diamond engagement ring — and took off running.
So far, police have declined to identify the jewelry store or the release the value of the ring.
The suspect is described as a 6-foot-tall black male in his 40s, with a medium build. He was wearing a tan thermal hat and a zip-up sweatshirt at the time of the crime, we’re told.
Christian clothing store Altar’d State is coming to the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, according to building permit applications filed just before Christmas.
The retailer offers women’s clothing and accessories with a God-centric mission statement. Founded in 2009, the company has about 60 stores nationwide and donates one percent of all sales to local and international charities.
At Pentagon City mall, Altar’d State will serve both local customers and the throngs who visit the mall by the busload during school and church trips.
The permit application says the store will be 4,700 square feet and on the second floor of the mall.
Here’s how fashion website Racked described the retailer:
Altar’d State does not sell Christian apparel. The company sells feminine and flirty womenswear that taps into boho-chic trends for the Instagram set. Its stores push both in-house brands and external labels, all showcasing looks that are big on antiqued lace, soft tulle, and crochet detailing, with plenty of flowy layers in muted colors.
Which is to say that for a self-described Christian fashion company, there’s a surprising dearth of religious iconography when it comes to its clothes. Instead, there are graphic tees best worn by weekend warriors sipping on mimosas that read “Will Work for Brunch” and “I Hate Mondays.”
But Altar’d State’s faith is never far from view. Stores pipe in contemporary Christian music and the dressing rooms feature those aforementioned prayer request books. There are plenty of wood-block wall hangings with snappy messages like, “Just Sayin’,” “Be Nice or Leave,” and “I Totally Agree with Myself” — but the larger blocks displayed in-store include text like, “Be Patient. Our prayers are always answered but not always on the exact day we’d like them to be,” and “Don’t tell God that you have a big problem. Tell your problem that you have a big God.” A display near the front entrance of the Austin store features hand towels with Philippians 4:13 alongside joke linens (all stitched in the same distressed Courier font) that define a calorie as, “A tiny creature that lives in your closet and sews your clothes a little tighter every night.”
(Updated at 11:55 p.m.) Two suspects are in custody after leading Arlington County Police on a vehicle pursuit through the District of Columbia, following a shooting near the Pentagon City mall.
The alleged road rage incident happened around 3:10 p.m., at the 15th Street South exit of the mall’s parking lot. NBC 4 reported that a driver was having trouble using a credit card to exit from one of the gates. The driver was trying to get the car behind to let them reverse out, when someone in that car fired a gunshot in the air.
Witnesses called 911 and reported the shooting, describing the suspect vehicle as white in color with D.C. tags
A car matching the description given to police was spotted by an officer on I-395. That led to a pursuit across the 14th Street Bridge into D.C., near the National Mall, and back on I-395 before ending at 3rd and F Streets NW, near the Third Street Tunnel, where the suspects bailed out and took off running.
Arlington police, aided by D.C. police, were able to chase and apprehend both suspects, according to ACPD spokesman Lt. Kip Malcolm.
Reginald Carroll, a 21-year-old D.C. resident, has been charged with willfully discharging a firearm in public and felony eluding. Calvin Pelzer, also 21 years old and from D.C., has been charged with discharging a firearm and obstruction of justice.
The suspects threw a gun out of the window during the vehicle pursuit, Malcolm said. It was recovered along I-395 near the GW Parkway.
Arlington County Police normally don’t engage in car chases, but department policy specifies that such pursuits are authorized for violent crimes involving firearms, “for the safety of the community,” according to Malcolm.
No one was reported injured in the shooting. As of early Friday evening, investigators were still looking for bullet casings and other evidence near the scene. They’re also trying to find other witnesses as well as the other driver involved, who fled after the shooting.
“The investigation is ongoing,” Malcolm said.
Citing an “imminent health hazard,” the county’s health department has closed the following: Maki of Japan, McDonald’s, Popeyes, Panera Bread, Great Wraps and Which Wich.
“Public Health is aware of the situation and will work with the establishments to help get them up and running when it is safe to do so,” said Arlington County Dept. of Human Services spokesman Kurt Larrick.
Several other restaurants in the mall’s food court were unaffected by the sewage issue and remain open.
There are only a couple of days left to finalize Black Friday shopping plans, so it’s time to take stock of what’s open and when.
The biggest mall in Arlington, the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, has announced its holiday hours and specials for holiday shoppers. The mall’s hours for this weekend are:
- Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26 — 6 p.m. – Midnight
- Black Friday, Nov. 27 — 6 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
- Saturday, Nov. 28 — 9 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
- Sunday, Nov. 29 — 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
On Friday, the first 100 shoppers who check in at Guest Services at the mall will receive a “Holiday Shopping Survival Kit.” The kit will include water, mints, snacks and store promotions.
Additional sales, deals and promotions will continue to be posted on the mall’s Facebook page.
Huge Apartment Building Proposed for Ballston — A Bethesda-based developer is proposing a huge new apartment building on the western side of the intersection of Wilson Blvd and N. Glebe Road in Ballston. The building would feature 483 apartments, 760 underground parking spaces and 68,000 square feet of retail including a grocery store. The nearby Bluemont Civic Association has expressed concern about the proposal, including the potential impact of traffic from the grocery store. [Washington Business Journal]
Mall Worker Accused of Stealing Dozens of Shoes — A maintenance worker at the Pentagon City mall has been arrested and accused of stealing at least 77 pairs of shoes and boots and 9 purses. Police say surveillance footage shows Michael Meza-Guevara unsuccessfully trying to disable surveillance cameras. [NBC Washington]
Arlington Tops Regional Teacher Pay List — Arlington Public Schools offer the highest average teacher pay in suburban D.C. The average teacher salary in Arlington was $78,002 a year, compared to $76,029 for Montgomery County, which ranked third. [WTOP]
Editorial Supports I-66 Toll Plan, Widening — A new Washington Post editorial supports Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s plan for adding tolls to I-66. The editorial also supports widening the highway: “The right policy response to the I-66 mess, in addition to promoting mass transit, is to widen the road. Unfortunately, that’s been blocked by Arlington County, whose hostility from the outset is why the road was designed to narrow to four lanes inside the Beltway (from six outside).” [Washington Post]
Freezing Temperatures This Morning — Temperatures reached the freezing mark, dropping down to 32 degrees for the first time this season. The average first freeze in Arlington occurs on Nov. 18. [Twitter]
Flickr pool photo by Brian Allen
A photo went viral this week, showing a sign at a Nordstrom store.
“We won’t be decking our halls until Friday, November 27,” the sign said. “Why? Well, we just like the idea of celebrating one holiday at a time. From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving.”
Never mind that the photo was from 2009, it brings up a discussion-worthy point: has Christmas creep gone too far? Should other retailers hold off until after Thanksgiving to start putting up Christmas decorations?
Over at the Nordstrom store in the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City yesterday, there were no signs of Christmas decorations — and no signs of explanatory signs — inside. Outside of the department store was another story: the future home of the mall’s Santa Claus already had decorated trees along with red carpets and rope lines, waiting for Saint Nick to arrive along with adoring throngs of youngsters and parents.
So which would you prefer? A holly, jolly November, or some holiday restraint?
A building permit application, filed on Nov. 2, indicates that a Starbucks will be built inside the Macy’s store at the mall. Thus far it’s unclear where exactly in the Macy’s the cafe will be located.
There is already a Starbucks at the mall — an often busy kiosk in the center of the ground-level food court. There is also a Starbucks across Hayes Street, in the Pentagon Centre shopping center, and one within a stone’s throw of the mall parking lot, at the adjacent Pentagon Row shopping center.
Philadelphia-based fast casual stir fry eatery Honeygrow is coming to Pentagon City.
A PR rep confirmed that the restaurant will be opening in the expanded portion of the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City along S. Hayes Street. So far, no opening date has been set.
Founded in 2012, Honeygrow offers stir fry bowls, salads, smoothies and honey-covered fruit bowls, using local and seasonal produce. The restaurants also feature touch screen ordering stations.
The company received a $25 million investment for expansion earlier this year.
Police say four women tried to steal items from a store, then sprayed pepper spray at the employees as the fled.
From this week’s Arlington County crime report:
ROBBERY, 151020023, 1100 block of S. Hayes Street. At approximately 10:01 a.m. on October 20, four unknown subjects entered a retail store and attempted to steal several items. As they were fleeing, one of the subjects sprayed two employees with pepper spray. The first suspect is described as a black female in her twenties, with an average height. She was wearing a tan hat, black jacket, maroon pants, and brown UGG boots. The second suspect is described as a black female in her twenties, with an average height. She was wearing shiny black leggings and a multi-colored jacket. The third suspect is described as a black female in her twenties, with an average height. She was wearing a knit cap, a hooded jacket, jeans, and black boots. The fourth suspect is described as a black female in her twenties, with an average height. She was wearing a black hat, jeans, and black boots.
The rest of the crime report, after the jump.
ROBBERY, 151021003, 4400 block of S. 31st Street. At approximately 1:00 a.m. on October 21, a 48 year-old male cab driver was assaulted and robbed by an unknown male subject. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his twenties with a thin build. He was wearing a grey hoodie and dark jeans at the time of the incident.
ROBBERY, 151014058, 4300 block of N. 2nd Street. At approximately 10:40 p.m. on October 14, an unknown male subject robbed a 50 year-old male victim of his wallet. The suspect is described as a black male in his twenties, approximately 5’7″-5’9″ tall and was wearing a grey sweatshirt at the time of the incident.
ROBBERY, 151019027, 700 block of N. Glebe Road. At approximately 3:00 p.m. on October 19, a loss prevention officer was assaulted while trying to stop two subjects from shoplifting. Yesenia Yvette Echegoyen, 19, of Falls Church, Va, was arrested and charged with robbery and conspiracy to commit larceny. Kelly Michelle Fuentes, 19, of Alexandria, Va, was arrested and charged with grand larceny, conspiracy to commit larceny, and providing false identification.
ROBBERY, 151019020, 1700 block of S. Clark Street. At approximately 1:20 p.m. on October 19, an unknown male subject robbed a 28 year-old female victim of her phone. The suspect is described as a black male in his early twenties, approximately 5’8″ tall and weighed 160-180 lbs. He was wearing a green jacket and black pants at the time of the incident.
LARCENY FROM AUTO (series), 151016022, 2000 block of S. Eads Street. Between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. on October 15, an unknown subject(s) entered several vehicles in a one block
BURGLARY, 151020027, 100 block of N. Thomas Street. An unknown subject(s) forced entry into a community center and stole a computer monitor. There is no suspect(s) description.
10/13/15, VA WZC2026, 2009 Acura TL, Black
3000 block of S. Abingdon Street
10/15/15, VA WTC3422, 2014 Kia Optima, Black
3600 block of S. Glebe Road
10/15/15, VA VFX7309, 2001 Ford, Green
300 block of N. Piedmont Street
10/19/15, VA WTS9485, 1998 Jeep Cherokee, White
1100 block of S. Eads Street
GRAND LARCENY, 151014021, 700 block of N. Glebe Road
GRAND LARCENY, 151014022, 1100 block of S. Hayes Street
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 151014024, 600 block of N. Glebe Road
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 151014028, 900 block of N. Stuart Street
LARCENY, 151014030, 100 block of S. Old Glebe Road
VANDALISM, 151014031, 3700 block of N. Delaware Street
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 151014042, 600 block of N. Glebe Road
GRAND LARCENY, 151014043, 2300 block of S. Glebe Road
LARCENY FROM AUTO, 151014048, 3800 block of S. 7th Street
GRAND LARCENY, 151014049, 1100 block of S. Hayes Street
PETIT LARCENY, 151014053, 2900 block of S. Quincy Street
ASSAULT, 151015005, 3300 block of N. Wilson Boulevard
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 151015010, 4900 block of S. Columbia Pike
ASSAULT, 151015014, 5800 block of N. Washington Boulevard
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 151015020, 500 block of S. Army Navy Drive
GRAND LARCENY, 151015034, 700 block of N. Glebe Road
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 151015048, 1200 block of N. Queen Street
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 151016001, 500 block of S. Walter Reed Drive
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 151016007, 1200 block of S. Courthouse Road
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 151016002, 5200 block of S. 8th Road
LARCENY FROM AUTO, 151016012, 1300 block of S. Nash Street
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 151016013, 2300 block of S. Nash Street
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 151016014, 2300 block of S. Nash Street
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 151016015, 1300 block of S. Army Navy Drive
LARCENY FROM AUTO, 151016016, 1300 block of S. Army Navy Drive
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 151016018, 1200 block of S. Army Navy Drive
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 151016019, 1200 block of S. Army Navy Drive
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 151016020, 1300 block of S. Army Navy Drive
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 151016021, 1300 block of S. Army Navy Drive
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 151016023, 2300 block of S. Nash Street
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 151016024, 2300 block of S. Nash Street
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 151016025, 2300 block of S. Nash Street
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 151016027, 2300 block of S. Nash Street
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 151016051, 900 block of S. George Mason Drive
PETIT LARCENY, 151016052, 3900 block of N. Wilson Boulevard
LARCENY, 151016061, 4100 block of N. Vacation Lane
EMBEZZLEMENT, 151016072, 1400 block of S. Hayes Street
GRAND LARCENY, 151016075, 1100 block of S. Hayes Street
GRAND LARCENY, 151016076, 1000 block of S. Hayes Street
GRAND LARCENY, 151016077, 700 block of N. Glebe Road
ATTEMPTED LARCENY FROM AUTO, 151016086, 1600 block of S. Joyce Street
GRAND LARCENY, 151017016, 1100 block of S. Hayes Street
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 151017020, 1100 block of S. Army Navy Drive
PETIT LARCENY, 151017021, 5100 block of S. 8th Road
PETIT LARCENY, 151017029, 700 block of N. Glebe Road
GRAND LARCENY, 151017040, 1100 block of S. Hayes Street
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 151018001, 500 block of S. 14th Road
GRAND LARCENY, 151018007, 4900 block of S. Columbia Pike
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 151018009, 2800 block of N. Wilson Boulevard
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 151018014, 3000 block of N. Washington Boulevard
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 151018018, 1100 block of N. Arlington Boulevard
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 151018019, 1300 block of S. Army Navy Drive
GRAND LARCENY, 151018022, 1700 block of S. 13th Road
TAMPERING WITH AUTO, 151018023, 1100 block of S. Rolfe Street
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 151018024, 1100 block of N. Irving Street
LARCENY FROM AUTO, 151018025, 1100 block of S. Rolfe Street
LARCENY, 151018026, 1100 block of S. Hayes Street
TRESPASSING, 151018030, 2700 block of S. Glebe Road
CREDIT CARD THEFT, 151018031, 1200 block of N. Fillmore Street
ASSAULT & BATTERY, 151018044, 1900 block of S. Arlington Ridge Road
LARCENY FROM AUTO, 151018054, 3800 block of N. 9th Street
COUNTERFEIT, 151019018, 800 block of S. Army Navy Drive
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 151019023, 1300 block of S. Rolfe Street
LARCENY FROM AUTO, 151019024, 2200 block of N. Clarendon Boulevard
GRAND LARCENY, 1000 block of S. Hayes Street
PETIT LARCENY, 151019033, 1700 block of N. Moore Street
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 151019035, 5200 block of N. Yorktown Boulevard
PETIT LARCENY, 151020015, 5200 block of N. Yorktown Boulevard.
FRAUD, 151020020, 300 block of N. Thomas Street
GRAND LARCENY, 151020029, 1100 block of S. Joyce Street
FRAUD, 151020031, 3700 block of N. Lee Highway
LARCENY FROM AUTO, 151020043, 1800 block of N. George Mason Drive
GRAND LARCENY, 151020044, 1000 block of S. Hayes Street
EMBEZZLEMENT, 151020051, 1400 block of S. Hayes Street
GRAND LARCENY, 151020052, 700 block of N. Glebe Road
GRAND LARCENY, 151020054, 1000 block of S. Hayes Street
TRESSPASSING, 151021001, 1900 block of S. Jefferson Davis Highway
LARCENY, 151021007, 1300 block of S. Army Navy Drive
Arlington County officers responded to the store just after 11:35 a.m., after receiving a frantic 911 call about an assault in progress.
Police say a homeless man, 34-year-old Monbain Brown, had earlier in the day returned a $4,000 engagement ring after having a change of heart about the purchase. He returned shortly thereafter and “engaged in a verbal altercation with one of the workers behind the display case because the money had not showed up in his account yet,” according to ACPD spokesman Dustin Sternbeck.
Brown became increasingly agitated during the argument before jumping the counter and beginning to strangle the female employee, Sternbeck said.
Customers inside the store watched the scuffle but did not intervene. Finally, a male employee came out and placed Brown in a chokehold, resulting in all three tumbling to the ground, according to Sternbeck.
After several minutes of Brown being held in the chokehold, said Sternbeck, a mall security guard arrived and asked the employee to let him go. At that time, Brown allegedly began chasing the female employee around the store. After being unable to catch her, Brown slammed his fist down on the jewelry display cases, breaking two of them, Sternbeck said. He then proceeded to smoke a cigarette inside the store and wait for police to arrive.
Brown was arrested and is being held without bond. He is charged with strangulation, destruction of property and assault and battery.
A surveillance camera caught the entire incident on video, Sternbeck noted.
The store will close this coming Sunday, said owner Eric Kim. He plans to open a new store called Swiss Time in the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City five days later on Friday, Oct. 16.
Kim changed the name of the store because the storefront at new location is much more visible to customers walking in the mall, and he wanted to emphasize the Swiss brands of watches he sells, he said.
The new store in the upscale Pentagon City small allows Kim to sell some of his higher-end luxury Swiss watches, he said. Watchstyle was already one of the most expensive stores in Ballston Common Mall without selling his full stock. At Swiss Time, watches will be priced at anywhere from a couple hundred to thousands of dollars.
Despite the new location and new name, Kim plans to honor warranties on watches bought in Ballston, and customer service will stay the same, he said.
“I worked very hard to be the only five-star rated watch store in Arlington, and I plan on keeping it that way,” Kim said.
The watch store owner plans to return to Ballston Common Mall once the mall is renovated. He anticipates opening his second Swiss Time around April 2018 in Ballston.
“The Ballston mall management has been very kind to me,” he said.
Woman Takes Stage to Find Bathroom — An apparently intoxicated woman climbed on stage during a recent Signature Theatre production in Shirlington, made her way backstage and asked a cast member for directions to the bathroom. [Playbill]
Spout Run Closure — The eastbound lanes of the Spout Run Parkway will be completely closed from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. today for road paving. No detours will be in place and “alternative routes should be used,” according to the National Park Service.
Arlington Murder to Be Featured on TV Show — This coming Sunday, at 10 p.m., the show “Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall” on Investigation Discovery will feature the 2012 homicide of Mack L. Woods Sr. in Arlington. [Patch]
Charleys Now Open in Pentagon City — A Charleys Philly Steaks restaurant is now open in the food court of the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City mall food court. “Charleys brings a unique experience to the food court with its grilled-fresh-in-front-of-you flavor,” the company said in a press release.
Food Truck Stops Taking Cash — The Lemongrass food truck, which frequents Arlington, has decided to stop accepting cash. The truck now only takes credit and debit cards. [Washington Post]
Why Arlington Went to Paper Ballots — Arlington reintroduced paper ballots this year after dumping its electronic voting machines. Why did it get rid of the more modern tech? The WINVote system was found to be grossly insecure and the touchscreen devices were dubbed the “worst voting machines” in America. [Wired]
Flickr pool photo by Erinn Shirley
The permits indicate that Shake Shack is planning a restaurant with outdoor patio seating and signage, indicating that it’s likely coming to the mall’s 50,000 square foot expansion along S. Hayes Street, which is currently under construction.
The location could be a boon to the New York-based burger restaurant, serving the legions of U.S. and international tourists who get dropped off at the mall by the busload in order to chow down at the food court and do a bit of shopping.
So far there has been no official announcement of Shake Shack’s arrival from mall owner Simon. As for an opening date, spring 2016 seems to be the most likely timeframe. Two other restaurants announced for the mall’s addition — Matchbox and Sugar Factory — each have an anticipated spring opening.
While it will likely keep busy with tourists and shoppers, the Shake Shack will be losing some potential customers a year or two after it opens. It was announced yesterday that the Transportation Security Administration headquarters, located across the street, will be moving to Alexandria by 2018.
A Shake Shack in Pentagon City was presaged by Eater.com’s Missy Frederick, who reported last year that the company was looking closely at Bethesda, Reston and Pentagon City for potential future locations.
Hat tip to Chris Slatt. Photo (top) via Wikipedia/Beyond My Ken