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Aussie Eatery Oz Is Doing Bonzer Biz, Owners Say

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Heaps of new customers have been saying g’day to Oz restaurant in Clarendon over the past year, its owners say. | Contrary to its portrayal on the new Real Housewives of Potomac season — a teaser video showed proprietors Ashley and Michael Darby arguing about it “not doing well” — Oz (2950 Clarendon Blvd) is currently a profitable business, according to Mr. Darby. The argument happened in real life on June 22, 2106. Since then, Oz’s brunch business has boomed and helped reverse its fortunes. And a revamped food menu has been greeted with generally positive customer reviews. That’s a welcome change from …

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Police: Man Flips Out in Restaurant, Assaults Officers and Bites Medic

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A Maryland man has been arrested and charged with half a dozen counts of assaulting police officers and medical personnel. Police were called to a restaurant on the 4700 block of Lee Highway last night just before 10 p.m. for a “report of a disorderly subject.” The name of the restaurant was not released, but Metro 29 Diner and Thirsty Bernie are located on or near that block of Lee Highway. The suspect then became combative and assaulted five police officers and bit the finger of a paramedic while in custody, according to police. More from an Arlington County Police …

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P. Brennan’s on Columbia Pike to Close Tomorrow

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It’s the end of the road for P. Brennan’s Irish Pub and Restaurant at 2910 Columbia Pike. The cavernous local pub will shutter after closing on Friday. Owner Brian Dolphin, who also owned the ill-fated McGinty’s near Potomac Yard, says P. Brennan’s “did pretty well” by staying in business for seven years, but never made much money. “It never kicked off to the extent we thought it would,” Dolphin told ARLnow.com Thursday morning. He said P. Brennan’s liquor license expires after March 31 and he chose not to renew it. Also contributing to the bar’s demise: its large size — “too big,” Dolphin said, …

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Morning Notes

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Pupatella Expanding to RichmondBeloved Bluemont pizzeria Pupatella is expanding via franchising. One of the first places getting new Pupatellas: Richmond, where a local franchisee is opening four new locations. [Richmond Times-Dispatch]

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Local Businesses Open, But Lacking Customers, After Snowstorm

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With the worst of the snow over, businesses and restaurants around Arlington appear to be mostly back to normal ahead of a potential refreeze tonight. In Clarendon this afternoon, only Crate & Barrel and Barnes & Noble appeared to still be closed as their doors were locked. There are also some early closings: The Container Store is set to shutter at 6 p.m. tonight because of the weather, while the Washington Sports Club gym posted a sign informing members that no group exercise classes would be held. Although main roads are plowed and largely clear of snow and ice, it appears that those …

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Hula Girl Bar and Grill Owner Competes on ‘Chopped’

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A Shirlington restaurant owner brought her Hawaiian-influenced cooking to one of the Food Network’s most recognized shows. Mikala Brennan, owner of Hula Grill Bar and Grill, competed on season 32 of “Chopped,” the competitive cooking show where four contestants are handed a basket of mystery of ingredients with which to cook across three rounds. A panel of expert judges tries the creations and after each round one contestant is eliminated — “chopped” — from the competition. Brennan’s episode, entitled “Raw Deal,” was the 400th in the show’s history. She competed against Steven Londono and Timothy Walker, both from New York …

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A New Year For the Old-World Charm of Osteria da Nino

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There’s a lot new at Shirlington’s Osteria da Nino since we last checked in with owner Nino Pino. The chef who’s hard at work in the kitchen started last summer, bringing some new flair to the menu, which changes with the seasons to incorporate the freshest ingredients. The crowds have grown since this time last year, in particular those booking the private event space, which now sports a brand new 65-inch TV.

On our Arlington Agenda you might have seen one thing that started last year and is bringing in new …

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Bistro 360: Adventurous, Creative Dining from Around the World

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There is a lot going on in and around Bistro 360. It’s a restaurant, yes, but it’s also an elegant wine bar, a neighborhood wine and food market, and a source of fresh-made prepared entrees and sides to go. The theme? A little of everything, from everywhere. The name of the restaurant, Art Hauptman explains, reflects the global intentions of the offerings. “We have food and drink from around the world,” he said. “We want to give people a sense of what’s possible, but right here in Arlington.” So you don’t have to go to Armenia to get Armenian …

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‘Mysterious’ Pio Pio Still Closed for Maintenance

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A restaurant that can only rarely be seen serving customers is again closed for reported maintenance issues. Pio Pio, located at 3300 Wilson Blvd between Clarendon and Virginia Square, has been closed “for at least a week,” according to a tipster. That’s despite a “help wanted” sign in the window. A sign reading “today afternoon closed for maintenance” is posted on the door, as it was this past December when we first reported that Pio Pio was closed for an issue with the roof. It’s unclear if Pio Pio reopened at any point between then and now. Reached at the restaurant’s phone …

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Dunkin’ Donuts Mulling Clarendon Location

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Pete’s New Haven Apizza is preparing to downsize its space in Clarendon, and Dunkin’ Donuts is considering filling it. Multiple sources tell ARLnow.com that Dunkin’ reps have taken a close look at the space at the corner of Clarendon Blvd and N. Garfield Street. A leasing chart for the building, however, still lists the space as unfilled. There are existing Dunkin’ Donuts locations in Ballston and Courthouse but not in Clarendon. Permits have been issued to alter the existing Pete’s dining room and kitchen, reducing the overall size of the restaurant. Co-owner Joel Mehr says the pizzeria remain open during the process. …

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Morning Notes

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Sale of Reeves Farmhouse Moves Forward — From a press release following yesterday’s Arlington County Board meeting: “The Arlington County Manager today recommended that the County move forward with the sale of the historic Reeves farmhouse, and that the County not be a financial partner in the farmhouse’s restoration and reuse.” [Arlington County] ‘No Systemic Problem’ Led to High Water Bills — Arlington County says it has investigated resident complaints about unusually high water bills and found “no systemic problem.” Errors in billing or meter-reading were found in only five percent of complaints, the county said, adding that …

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Is Clarendon’s Oz Restaurant in Trouble?

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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.” “Shut down your restaurant and this marriage will be over, I am telling you that right now,” Ashley Darby says in a later clip, shot …

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Morning Notes

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‘Day Without Immigrants’ Hits DoD Food Court — Yesterday’s “Day Without Immigrants” strike resulted in multiple restaurants being closed in the Pentagon food court and long lines at the restaurants that remained open. [Fox News]

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Water & Wall Has Closed in Virginia Square

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“After 3 1/2 years, we have decided to close Water & Wall,” said the Facebook post. “We hope you’ll visit us at Kyirisan and Chase the Submarine. We have loved being a part of your lives.” Water & Wall served its last dinner customers last night, the Washington Post’s Tom Sietsema said on his “Ask Tom” chat today. A year ago, during an ARLnow.com-organized panel discussion on the …

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Carbon Monoxide Incident at Pentagon City Restaurant

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The Chevy’s Fresh Mex restaurant at 1201 S. Hayes Street in Pentagon City is being evacuated due to “elevated” carbon monoxide levels. Fire department units are being dispatched to the scene to investigate the source of the CO, according to scanner traffic. Washington Gas is also responding to the scene. Initial reports suggest the higher-than-normal carbon monoxide levels were detected in the kitchen and possibly related to a water heater. So far there’s no report of anyone becoming sick, though the restaurant’s kitchen workers are being evaluated by firefighters.

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