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Arlington County its getting its own Restaurant Week later this month.

Arlington Restaurant Week, organized by the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, will run from October 21-28. Diners can visit a number of Arlington restaurants offering special menu items at discounted prices, according to a press release.

There are currently 20 or so restaurants expected to participate, including Jaleo, SER, and Bistro 1521.

Previously, the Chamber partnered with regional groups for the Northern Virginia Restaurant Week and Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week.

However, Arlington Restaurant Week uniquely gives participating restaurants the option of setting their own price points and menus instead of the traditional, fixed $35 dinner course and $25 lunch.

“Flexibility is really important for our restaurants, so this gives them the opportunity to really showcase what they want,” said Arlington Chamber of Commerce President Kate Bates. “For example, Heidelberg Bakery will be doing speciality breakfast sandwiches, and across the board it’ll really range from bundled three-course meals to maybe a speciality dish.”

The Chamber has sent invitations across Arlington for all restaurants to participate, and will be continuing to follow up, Bates said.

For SER owner Javier Candon, the Arlington-specific celebration gives him the chance to get to know customers who might not venture out otherwise.

“Keeping it local, it encourages people who don’t go out as often during the year to have a different experience,” said Candon. “We still don’t have our menu finalized yet, but expect it to be high-quality and highly discounted.”

So far, participating restaurants include:

  • Ambar
  • Barley Mac
  • Bistro 1521
  • Bonefish Grill
  • Buena Vida
  • Cityhouse
  • Cookology
  • Copa Kitchen & Bar
  • Good Company Donuts & Cafe
  • Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe
  • Jaleo
  • La Côte D’or
  • The Melting Pot
  • Rhodeside Grill
  • Rustico Ballston
  • SER
  • Slapfish
  • Sushi-Zen
  • The Vantage Point

The full press release about Arlington Restaurant Week is below, after the jump.

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Morning Notes

Apartment Fire in Nauck — Firefighters extinguished a fire in an apartment Monday evening. The fire broke out around 5:15 p.m. on the 2100 block of S. Quincy Street, in the Nauck neighborhood. No injuries were reported. [Twitter]

Board Members Reluctant to Give Themselves a Raise — “Rather than seeking higher pay, current Arlington board members might take the opposite route – start scaling back their workload. ‘There is definitely a renewed emphasis on, ‘what is our role?” [County Board Chair Christian] Dorsey said at the Jan. 17 forum, responding to a questioner who suggested board members of recent years are more mired in the nuts-and-bolts of governance than their predecessors.” [InsideNova]

Local Restaurant Delivers Free Pizza to Air Traffic Control — Over the weekend Joe’s Place Pizza and Pasta delivered free pizza to the air traffic control tower at Reagan National Airport, where controllers have been working without during the government shutdown. [Instagram]

Restaurant Week Extended — Winter Restaurant Week has been extended until Sunday, Jan. 27 due to the government shutdown and last week’s snow. [Twitter]

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This year’s Northern Virginia Restaurant Week is kicking off next week.

From Monday, March 19 to Monday, March 26, more than 50 restaurants, around Arlington and the region, will be offering special menus and pricing.

Arlington has at least 17 restaurants participating this year, including Bistro 360, BABA, Gaijin Ramen Shop, and La Côte d’Or.

Diners at these restaurants aren’t required to order from the restaurant week menu, and menus and pricing varies by the restaurant. Some restaurants have already listed their restaurant week menus, and customers are encouraged to reserve in advance to guarantee seating.

Some of the Arlington restaurants which have listed their restaurant week menus are below.

Photo via Northern Virginia Restaurant Week

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Foodies can enjoy discounted prix fixe meals through Sunday, Jan. 28 during this year’s Metropolitan Washington Winter Restaurant Week.

More than 250 restaurants in the District, Maryland and Virginia are participating in the event, which kicked off on Monday. In Arlington, 18 eateries are also taking part.

Restaurants will offer three-course lunch and brunch menus for $22 and a three-course dinner for $35. The annual event is sponsored by the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington.

Participating Arlington restaurants include:

  • Ambar Clarendon (2901 Wilson Blvd)
  • Cheesetique Ballston (800 N. Glebe Road)
  • Cheesetique Shirlington (4056 Campbell Ave)
  • Epic Smokehouse (1330 S. Fair Street)
  • Kapnos Taverna (4000 Wilson Blvd)
  • La Cote d’Or Cafe (6876 Lee Highway)
  • Lyon Hall (3100 Washington Blvd)
  • Osteria da Nino (2900 S. Quincy Street)
  • Oz Restaurant & Bar (2950 Clarendon Blvd)
  • Pepita Catina (4000 Wilson Blvd)
  • SER Restaurant (1110 N. Glebe Road)
  • Stageplate Bistro Arlington (900 N. Glebe Road)
  • The Liberty Tavern (3195 Wilson Blvd)
  • The Melting Pot (1110 N. Glebe Road)
  • Yona (4000 Wilson Blvd Suite C)
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At least 20 local restaurants will participate in this year’s Metropolitan Washington Summer Restaurant Week, which begins today (August 14).

Restaurants throughout the greater Washington region will offer three-course lunch and brunch menus for $22 and a three-course dinner for $35 at fixed prices. The annual event is sponsored by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington.

The Arlington restaurants participating, as listed on the Restaurant Week website, are:

  • Ambar / Ba Ba (2901 Wilson Blvd)
  • Cheesetique Ballston (800 N. Glebe Road)
  • Cheesetique Shirlington (4056 Campbell Avenue)
  • Circa at Clarendon (3010 Clarendon Blvd)
  • Epic Smokehouse (1330 S. Fair Street)
  • Fyve at The Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City (1250 S. Hayes Street)
  • Hula Girl Bar and Grill (4044 Campbell Avenue)
  • Jaleo Crystal City (2250 A Crystal Drive)
  • Kapnos Taverna (4000 Wilson Blvd)
  • La Cote d’Or Cafe (6876 Lee Highway)
  • Lyon Hall (3100 Washington Blvd)
  • Mazagan Restaurant and Lounge (2901 Columbia Pike)
  • McCormick & Schmick’s – Crystal City (2010 Crystal Drive)
  • Morton’s The Steakhouse (1750 Crystal Drive)
  • Osteria da Nino (2900 S. Quincy Street)
  • Pepita Cantina (4000 Wilson Blvd)
  • SER Restaurant (1110 N. Glebe Road)
  • The Liberty Tavern (3195 Wilson Blvd)
  • The Melting Pot (1110 N. Glebe Road)
  • Yona (4000 Wilson Blvd Suite C)
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Morning Notes

Soggy jog (Flickr pool photo by Kevin Wolf)

Florida Men Arrested for Credit Card Skimming — Three men from Miami, Florida were arrested earlier this month on the 5600 block of Columbia Pike, in Fairfax County. They’re suspected of using Bluetooth-enabled credit card skimming devices to steal credit card numbers from gas station customers. [Falls Church News-Press]

School Board to Consider Wakefield Modifications — The Arlington School Board is expected to approve a $4 million internal modification project at Wakefield High School that will increase its student capacity to 2,300 from 1,900. [InsideNova]

School Board Members Can Now Get Raises — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has signed a state bill that removes a cap of $25,000 on the salaries of Arlington School Board members. Arlington was the only jurisdiction in the state the salary cap applied to; school board members will now have the ability to approve a salary increase in 2021. [InsideNova]

Northern Virginia Restaurant Week Kicks Off — Nineteen Arlington restaurants are participating in Northern Virginia Restaurant Week, which starts today and runs through Monday, March 27. [Arlington Chamber of Commerce]

Top 10 Shirlington Area Restaurants — Eater has compiled a list of the top 10 restaurants to try in and around Shirlington. And yes, the Weenie Beenie is on the list. [Eater]

It’s the First Day of Spring — “While warm spring days will be tough to come by in the short term, the equinox is a reminder that the sounds of chirping birds and humming lawn mowers aren’t too far off.” [Capital Weather Gang]

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Aerial view of Rosslyn (Flickr pool photo by Dennis Dimick)

Wardian Dominating Global Marathon Event — Arlington resident and running superhero Michael Wardian has won the first two races in the World Marathon Challenge. Wardian, 42, posted a time of 2:54:54 in Antarctica, the fastest marathon ever run on the continent, and a time of 2:45:42 this morning in Punta Arenas, the South American leg of the seven day, seven continent and seven marathon event. Wardian is trying to break the event’s record average race time of 3:32:25. [Facebook, Twitter, Washington Post, Runner’s World]

APS Projected to Keep Growing — Arlington Public Schools is bursting at the seams, building new schools to keep up with rising enrollment — and that enrollment is expected to keep growing over the next decade. According to projections presented at a School Board meeting last week, the APS student body is expected to rise from around 27,000 now to 32,500 by the fall of 2026. In terms of per-student costs, the added 5,500 students could add more than $100 million to the school system’s current $600 million annual budget. [InsideNova]

Northern Va. Restaurant Week Coming in March — The Arlington Chamber of Commerce and other regional business organizations are teaming up for the second year in a row to organize Northern Virginia Restaurant Week. The week of dining discounts and discovery is scheduled from March 20-27. [Arlington Chamber]

Extra Metro Trains for Pro-Life March — Metro says it will run extra trains during mid-day Friday in order to accommodate crowds for the 2017 March for Life in the District. In a press release, Metro also said it “will run more 8-car trains (the longest train length possible), all midday track work will be cancelled, and additional staff will be on hand to assist visitors.” [WMATA]

Nearby: Car Stolen With Baby Inside — Two men stole a car that had been left running near a bank ATM, then abandoned it, apparently after discovering a baby inside. The incident happened Monday afternoon at the Bradlee Shopping Center in Alexandria, across from Arlington’s Fairlington neighborhood. The child was unharmed. [WJLA]

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Bistro 360 in RosslynToday through next Monday, more than a dozen Arlington restaurants will be participating in Northern Virginia Restaurant Week.

The weeklong event is being organized by the Reston, Loudoun, Arlington and Prince William Chambers of Commerce, with more than 60 restaurants participating across Northern Virginia. First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe kicked off restaurant week during a ceremony at Jaleo (2250 Crystal Drive) in Crystal City this morning.

Unlike D.C. Restaurant Week, which involves fixed lunch and dinner prices, restaurants participating in the Northern Virginia event are able to set their own “value price” — provided it ends in .16.

Here are the Arlington restaurants participating:

  • Bistro 360
  • Bracket Room
  • Cinnabar by Hyatt
  • Cityhouse Hyatt Arlington
  • Crystal City Sports Pub
  • Il Forno Ristorante
  • Jaleo
  • Kona Grill
  • Lebanese Taverna
  • Liberty Tavern
  • Lyon Hall
  • McCormick & Schmick’
  • Morton’s
  • O’Malley’s Pub & Fresh Kitchen
  • Potomac Bar and Grille
  • SER Restaurant
  • Sushi-Zen Japanese Restaurant
  • Upper Crust Pizzeria
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Restaurant Week 2015 logo (via RAMW)

Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week kicks off next Monday, and 16 Arlington restaurants are listed as participating.

Restaurant Week is held from Aug. 17-23, and features restaurants from Virginia, Maryland and D.C.

Diners can enjoy a three-course lunch for $22 or a three-course dinner for $35. In most cases, the three course meal includes an appetizer, entree and dessert.

The full list of participating restaurants can be found online with links for reservations and the menus.

Here are the Arlington restaurants listed as participating, according to the RAMW website:

  • Carlyle — 4000 Campbell Avenue, 703-931-0777
  • Epic Smokehouse — 1330 S. Fern Street, 571-319-4001
  • Fuego Cocina y Tequileria — 2800 Clarendon Blvd., 571-970-2180
  • Fyve at The Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City — 1250 S. Hayes Street, 703-412-2762
  • Jaleo Crystal City — 2250 Crystal Drive, 703-413-8181
  • Kapnos Taverna — 4000 Wilson Blvd., 703-243-4400
  • La Tasca — 2900 Wilson Blvd., 703-812-9120
  • Liberty Tavern — 3195 Wilson Blvd., 703-465-9360
  • Lyon Hall — 3100 N. Washington Blvd., 703-741-7636
  • McCormick and Schmicks Seafood Crystal City — 2010 Crystal Drive, 703-413-6400
  • Me Jana — 2300 Wilson Blvd., Suite 140, 703-465-4440
  • The Melting Pot — 1110 N. Glebe Road, 703-243-4490
  • Morton’s The Steakhouse — 1750 Crystal Drive, 703-418-1444
  • SER Restaurant — 1110 N. Glebe Road, 703-746-9822
  • Water and Wall — 3811 N. Fairfax Drive, 703-294-4949
  • Willow — 4301 N. Fairfax Drive, 703-465-8800
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Restaurant week logoWinter Restaurant Week is already underway, and it runs until Sunday, Jan. 25.

At least 14 restaurants in Arlington are participating, offering prix fixe menus for $20.15 lunches and $35.15 dinner. The weeklong special is organized by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington to boost restaurant business after busy times, like the December holidays.

The list of restaurants participating in the promotion — which some argue isn’t a deal at all, but may cost diners more money — appears to have dwindled from previous restaurant weeks. Last August, 15 restaurants were featured on the RAMW website, a dip from 17 restaurants in 2013. This week, however, restaurants that have not previously participated have joined up, including the highly regarded Water & Wall in Virginia Square and Mazagan Restaurant on Columbia Pike.

The list of Arlington restaurants on RAMW’s website, where all of the restaurants participating in the D.C. area can be found, is below. Note: some restaurants may be offering separate specials for the week.

  • Epic Smokehouse — 1330 S. Fern Street, 571-319-4001
  • Fuego Cocina y Tequileria — 2800 Clarendon Blvd, 571-970-2180
  • Fyve at The Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City — 1250 S. Hayes Street, 703-412-2762
  • Jaleo — 2250 Crystal Drive, 703-413-8181
  • La Tasca — 2900 Wilson Blvd., 703-812-9120
  • The Liberty Tavern — 3195 Wilson Blvd., 703-465-9360
  • Lyon Hall — 3100 N. Washington Blvd., 703-741-7636
  • Mazagan — 2901 Columbia Pike, 703-566-4173
  • McCormick and Schmick’s — 2010 Crystal Drive, 703-413-6400
  • Me Jana — 2300 Wilson Blvd., 703-465-4440
  • Morton’s The Steakhouse — 1750 Crystal Drive, 703-418-1444
  • Water & Wall — 3811 N. Fairfax Drive Suite 105, 703-294-4949
  • Willow — 4301 N. Fairfax Drive, 703-465-8800
  • Yayla Bistro — 2201 N. Westmoreland Street, 703-533-5600
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Restaurant week logoThe summer Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week begins on Monday and 15 Arlington restaurants are participating.

From August 11-17, diners can enjoy a three-course prix fixe lunch for $20.14 and dinner for $35.14. The full list of participating restaurants in the area and their menus can be found online, along with links to make reservations for many of the restaurants.

Here’s the list of participating restaurants in Arlington:

  • The Curious Grape — 2900 S. Quincy Street, 703-671-8700
  • Epic Smokehouse — 1330 S. Fern Street, 571-319-4001
  • Fyve at The Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City — 1250 S. Hayes Street, 703-412-2762
  • Il Forno — 900 N. Glebe Road, 703-807-2050
  • Jaleo — 2250 Crystal Drive, 703-413-8181
  • La Tasca — 2900 Wilson Blvd., 703-812-9120
  • The Liberty Tavern — 3195 Wilson Blvd., 703-465-9360
  • Lyon Hall — 3100 N. Washington Blvd., 703-741-7636
  • Me Jana — 2300 Wilson Blvd., 703-465-4440
  • The Melting Pot — 1110 N. Glebe Road, 703-243-4490
  • Morton’s The Steakhouse — 1750 Crystal Drive, 703-418-1444
  • Murali — 1201 S. Joyce Street, 703-415-0411
  • Ruth’s Chris Steak House — 2231 Crystal Drive, 703-979-7275
  • Sushi Rock — 1900 Clarendon Blvd., 571-312-8027
  • Willow — 4301 N. Fairfax Drive, 703-465-8800
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