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Police: Man Seeking Attention Threatened Restaurant Patron With Scissors

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An Indiana man walked into a Crystal City restaurant Wednesday night, wrapped his arm around the neck of a female diner and threatened her with a pair of scissors, police say. The attack happened just before 5:30 p.m. on the 2200 block of Crystal Drive.

Police say the man was “in search of individuals that would acknowledge him” and “the incident occurred after the victim did not acknowledge the suspect.” The suspect was taken into custody after bystanders intervened, potentially saving the woman from being maimed. Arlington County Police Department spokeswoman Ashley Savage described to ARLnow.com what happened: “After the …

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Indian Restaurant ‘Urban Tandoor’ Coming to Ballston

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An Indian restaurant is set to be the latest to move into a Ballston space that has had several eateries come and go in recent years. The restaurant, known as Urban Tandoor, hopes to be open at 801 N. Quincy Street on the ground floor of the Quincy Crossing office building around November, said owner Rajeev Mainali. It will replace Republic Kitchen & Bar, which replaced the former Leek American Bistro, the replacement for Thai Terrace. Mainali said there will be around 95 seats inside, with another 40 on an outdoor patio. He said it will have an …

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Chercher Ethiopian Restaurant Aiming for Winter Opening in Courthouse

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Those behind a Michelin-recognized Ethiopian restaurant that is now expanding into Arlington say they are hoping to open this winter. Chercher Ethiopian Restaurant & Mart signed a lease earlier this year for a 2,500-square-foot space at 2000 14th Street N. in Courthouse. The Washington Business Journal first reported on the move. At the time, owner Alemayehu Abebe said he was hopeful of opening this summer, but that timeline has been pushed back. Abebe told ARLnow in a brief interview last Wednesday that construction will start sometime around today (Monday). He did not say what has caused the delays. The restaurant …

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Pio Pio Space Set For New Lease on Life?

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A rarely-open restaurant near Clarendon could be set for some big changes. | Pio Pio at 3300 Wilson Blvd has been the source of fascination for months, with some calling the Peruvian restaurant’s unpredictable hours downright “mysterious.” Pio Pio closed earlier this year, reportedly for maintenance on its roof. But a permit approved in late July by the county indicates that someone has filed to open a new restaurant with indoor seating in the space. There are no other concrete details available about the future of the eatery, but a tipster said it would be a kabob restaurant. “They …

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Tara Temple Thai Restaurant Closed in Ballston

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A Thai restaurant in Ballston shuttered late last week. | Tara Temple at 4001 Fairfax Drive closed Friday, July 21. It offered a variety of Thai foods including noodles and curries, as well as what it called a “sizable menu” of Japanese options. The restaurant offered a carry-out option, as well as delivery after 5 p.m. on weekends. It was located on the ground floor of the Quincy Street Station office building, next door to fellow tenant Cafe Tirolo. As of Monday, tables and chairs had been removed from the restaurant while materials from inside the kitchen were being brought out …

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Zaika Restaurant in Clarendon Has Closed

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Zaika, an Indian restaurant in Clarendon, has closed. Located on the second level of the Market Common Clarendon shopping center, Zaika described its menu as modern Indian food, with eastern flavors and a western twist. Dishes included classic Indian entrees, such as Chicken Tikka Masala, as well as Indo-Chinese options, like the Manchurian: “A classic Chinese dish with authentic Indian spices.” Zaika’s phone number has been disconnected and OpenTable no longer allows people to make reservations to eat there. Yesterday the restaurant was empty and dark, with no explanation for the closing posted in the windows or on the business’s Facebook …

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Morning Poll: Dining Out Less Often?

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Following a long period of growth, the restaurant industry is hurting nationwide, with an overabundance of restaurant options and competition from grocery stores and delivery services like BlueApron. There is local evidence of the industry’s woes: a steady stream of closings, a slower pace of openings. On the other hand, turnover in the restaurant business is normal and to be expected, and a walk through neighborhoods like Clarendon and Shirlington reveals plenty of crowded eateries on most nights. One factor influencing how local restaurants fare is how often local residents go out to eat. So today we’re …

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Morning Notes

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Police to Hold Anti-DUI Event During Bar Crawl — The All American Bar Crawl will be taking place in Clarendon from 1-9 p.m. Saturday, and the Arlington County Police Department is planning some complementary programming. ACPD and the Washington Regional Alcohol Program are holding a “free interactive anti-drunk driving event” from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday on N. Highland Street, in the heart of Clarendon. [Arlington County]

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Morning Notes

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Metro Changes in Effect — As of Sunday, the Metrorail system is now operating less frequently, with reduced hours and higher fares. [WMATA, WTOP, Greater Greater Washington]

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Police: Man Filmed Woman While in Bathroom of Clarendon Restaurant

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A man allegedly filmed a woman in the bathroom stall of a Clarendon restaurant last night. The incident happened just before 9 p.m. Monday, on the 3100 block of Wilson Blvd, according to the Arlington County Police Department. That block, across from the Clarendon Metro station, is home to a long stretch of bars and restaurants. Police say that the woman was in the bathroom when she looked up and saw a man filming her with what appeared to be a cell phone. “The victim advised that she was inside the restroom when she felt a presence, causing her to …

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Cars Crash in Front of Delhi Club in Clarendon

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A collision in Clarendon led to two cars hopping the curb in front of Delhi Club restaurant Sunday afternoon. The crash happened at the intersection of Clarendon Blvd and N. Highland Street. The cars then rolled onto the sidewalk in front of the restaurant, which is across from the Clarendon Metro station. By one report, the at least one of the cars struck the building, but no serious damage was evident. No word on whether there were any injuries.

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Applebee’s Has Closed in Ballston

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The Applebee’s restaurant in Ballston has closed, just under a year after it opened. Signs on the door suggest the restaurant closed for good Saturday evening. Applebee’s replaced a former Greene Turtle location at 900 N. Glebe Road. Both restaurants seemed to suffer from a lack of foot traffic on the western side of Glebe, combined with a cavernous space that was hard to fill with customers, particularly in an urban area where higher-end restaurants are de rigueur. This Applebee’s also suffered from poor reviews online. No word yet on what might replace it.

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Arlington Diner Shuttered After 32 Years

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A long-time diner closed its doors today after 32 years in business. | Arlington Diner, at 2921 S. Glebe Road in the Arlington Ridge Shopping Center, will now no longer serve its all-day breakfast — nor lunch or dinner. On Thursday morning, workers were in the building removing various appliances and other fixtures and fittings. A sign on the door of the eatery announced the closure. “To our beloved customers, The crew of Arlington Diner wants to thank you for 32 years of friendship and great memories. We regret to inform you that we will be closing our doors on May …

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Morning Notes

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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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