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From an email:

“Writing to let you know that D.C.’s favorite taqueria and beer garden is expanding this fall with the launch of El Rey Ballston. Hospitality entrepreneurs and brothers Eric and Ian Hilton are opening the second El Rey in the heart of Arlington, VA at the rapidly-expanding Ballston Exchange development (4201 Wilson Blvd) near other culinary favorites like Shake Shack, Cava, Philz Coffee, DIRT and We, the Pizza.

In addition to its signature selection of mouthwatering tacos — like al pastor, Thai shrimp, and adobo chicken — cocktails, margaritas and sangria, the new 5,000-square-foot El Rey will feature plenty of beers on draft. Read More

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From a press release:

“For nearly thirteen years, the blue light shining outside Todd Thrasher’s PX in historic Alexandria, Virginia has silently notified savvy patrons when the contemporary speakeasy was open for service. Now fully occupied across the river with his wildly popular Tiki TNT and Potomac Distilling Company, Thrasher announces that PX will not be renewing its lease, turning out the fabled light for good on July 27, 2019. Read More

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4536 Lee Highway via Facebook

From an email:

“Writing to let you know that Arlington will soon have a new neighborhood bistro to call home when Cafe Colline, the latest from prolific restaurateurs (and brothers) Eric and Ian Hilton, opens this fall. Located at 4536 Lee Highway, Cafe Colline will take a few cues from its sister establishment Chez Billy Sud, the acclaimed Georgetown favorite known for its elevated-but-accessible French fare. Read More

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“Dear PoPville,

Doug has crossed the River! I run a restaurant in the Courthouse area of Arlington and my host told me some Doctor asked to speak with me. Almost immediately I felt I recognized him, and it took about 30 seconds into his story about being a neighbor and a former “regular” of ours, that his assistant had his car and he left his wallet, phone and keys in there and was having trouble getting in touch with him. He said the host was nice enough to let him use the phone but he had no luck. My first response was to just say “Doug?”, to which he said, “huh?”. I asked how I could help him and he asked for some free beer, to which my response was, “that’s not going to happen, Doug”. Read More

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deer on tracks at Crystal City, man on cell phone. From June, just feels right.

From the Mayor’s Office:

“Today, Mayor Bowser released the following statement on Amazon HQ2:

Amazon in Arlington is a win for DC. We will continue preparing residents with the skills and knowledge they need for the jobs of the future, including at Amazon.

“We know that this opportunity will push us to work together on our biggest challenges like improving our transportation and infrastructure. We must continue our investment in safety, reliability, and capacity at Metro and find ways to enhance service, including late night service.

“We call on elected leaders in the region to come together and agree to a concrete goal for affordable and workforce housing. DC has been leading the way on affordable housing with unprecedented investment in preservation and production. In four years, we have invested $471 million with just one of our locally funded tools, the Housing Production Trust Fund.

“We offer our congratulations to Arlington and the Commonwealth of Virginia. We have always said that we would put our region and its people up against any other in the world. And as the federal government slows its growth, today’s announcement demonstrates that the technology sector will continue to flourish in our region as our economy diversifies.”

From Amazon:

“Amazon today announced that we have selected New York City and Arlington, Virginia, as the locations for our new headquarters. Amazon will invest $5 billion and create more than 50,000 jobs across the two new headquarters locations, with more than 25,000 employees each in New York City and Arlington. The new locations will join Seattle as the company’s three headquarters in North America. In addition, Amazon announced that it has selected Nashville for a new Center of Excellence for its Operations business, which is responsible for the company’s customer fulfillment, transportation, supply chain, and other similar activities. The Operations Center of Excellence in Nashville will create more than 5,000 jobs.

The new Washington, D.C. metro headquarters in Arlington will be located in National Landing, and the New York City headquarters will be located in the Long Island City neighborhood in Queens. Read More

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Jennifer

Thanks to all for messaging me this Washington Post article:

“Amazon.com has held advanced discussions about the possibility of opening its highly sought-after second headquarters in Crystal City, including how quickly it would move employees there, which buildings it would occupy and how an announcement about the move would be made to the public, according to people close to the process.”

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Update 2:53pm:

“Final Update: Police Activity / Street Closure / 17th Street and Newton Street, NW

MPD reports incident clear and all associated road closures are now open to traffic.”

Details from Arlington County PD:

“UPDATE: Police identified the suspect as Salodus Zeloter Hicks, 60, of Washington D.C. and obtained warrants for forcible rape and strangulation. At approximately 9:15 p.m. on September 26, Arlington County Police, with the assistance of the Metropolitan Police Department, attempted to execute a search and arrest warrants on the suspect at a residence in the 3300 block of Mt. Pleasant Street NW in Washington, D.C. Upon making contact with the suspect, he refused to exit the residence. Following a 16-hour barricade, he was safely taken into police custody with assistance by the FBI’s Washington Field Office and Metropolitan Police Department.”

Last night around 9pm nonutsnicki wrote us: Read More

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