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World of Beer Sues Local Owner — Just a week after it was first reported that the owner of the World of Beer franchises in Ballston, Reston and Fairfax was rebranding the restaurants as “Crafthouse,” comes word that the World of Beer corporate office …

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Fast-Casual Korean BBQ Restaurant Closed in Crystal City

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Around six months after it opened, a fast-casual Korean barbecue restaurant has closed in Crystal City. KBQ Korean BBQ & Bar at 2450 Crystal Drive opened last November, next to Buffalo Wild Wings. But the eatery closed its doors earlier this month and now sits empty. “KBQ is closed,” a sign on the door reads. “We appreciate your patronage, and hope you enjoyed it while it lasted!” It allowed customers to build their own rice and lettuce bowls, lettuce wraps, tofu dogs and rice burgers, and offered six proteins and nearly a dozen sides. On Yelp, users lauded …

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World of Beer Gets Rebranded — The Ballston location of World of Beer is no longer part of the chain and has instead been rebranded as “Crafthouse.” The restaurant — along with former WoB locations in Fairfax and Reston — is now offering a full menu of American craft fare and a drink menu that includes local beers, bourbons, whiskey, wine and other spirits. [Reston Now]

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Ray’s Hell Burger to Close in Rosslyn

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The famousever-evolving Ray’s Hell Burger restaurant in Rosslyn, often named on lists of the best burgers in the United States, is closing.

Signs up at Ray’s Hell Burger, at 1650 Wilson Blvd, say it is going on “hiatus.” Last night an employee told ARLnow.com he did not know when it would reopen. “Beginning Sunday, May 14 this location of Ray’s Hell-Burger will be on hiatus. The last service will be on Saturday, May 13,” the sign says. “Please continue to visit Ray’s Hell Burger at 449 K Street NW, 7 days a week. Ray’s the Steaks accepts reservations 7 …

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Arlington Restaurant Makes Sietsema’s Top 10Ambar in Clarendon has been included in restaurant critic Tom Sietsema’s list of the top 10 new restaurants in Washington. It is …

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Doorways Partners With Local Restaurants For Sexual Assault Awareness

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Five Arlington restaurants are partnering with local nonprofit Doorways for Women and Families to raise awareness of sexual assault and help available for victims. Starting tonight, Liberty Tavern, Lyon Hall, Northside Social and O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub in Clarendon and the Crystal City Sports Pub in Crystal City will provide customers with coasters that feature Doorways’ 24-Hour Domestic & Sexual Violence Hotline (703-237-0881) and the message, “Sexual assault impacts everyone.” The weekend campaign coincides with the end of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. “Our goal with this outreach is twofold,” said Doorways president and CEO Caroline Jones in a statement. “First …

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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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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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