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29 Tastee Diner, circa 1995

Fairfax’s 29 Diner saved

After I initially became aware of the closure of the 29 Diner (nee 29 Tastee Diner, my photo above is circa 1995), I CC’ed a couple of loval Post columnists about the demise. Both indicated that 29 Diner would return. The Post still hasn’t reported anything, but yesterday I found that Northern Virginia Magazine has details:

New owner and Fairfax native, John Wood hopes to reopen the doors of this iconic establishment in late July. “We just signed the lease,” says Wood. “As soon as we get all of our marching orders from the Virginia Board of Historical Resources we will reopen. It is going to be the same classic diner that it has been for the last 67 years.”

From Iconic 29 Diner in Fairfax Plans to Reopen in Late July Under New Ownership

UPDATED 6.19.2014: John Kelly has a column in today’s PostFairfax City’s 29 Diner is getting a makeover; fans of late night eggs and grits rejoice

As a much-needed renovation progresses over the summer, the diner’s parking lot will host events, including food truck visits and car shows. They hope the diner itself will reopen by Labor Day.

And when it reopens? There will be diner food, yes, John and Billy said, but also artisanal food served by a rotating cast of acclaimed chefs. There’s likely to be a barbecue component, too. Ambitious.

John said the plan is to work with groups that help veterans and the homeless. He said the Lord inspires him to give back.

There were several comments on Facebook about the closing of the diner. I’ll admit to some nostalgia and will probably take a visit there sometime now. My wife’s never been and I think my six year old may enjoy it too. Adding barbecue makes me want to go back more. And artisanal food, why not? Though I’d just be happy if it’s less greasy than before.

By the way, Wikipedia mentions that the diner has been featured in a few Zippy the Pinhead comic strips over the years, including this one from 2003.

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Ben’s Chili Bowl opening location at National Airport in 2014

Half-smoke
Ben’s Chili Bowl to land at Reagan NationalThe Post
Ben’s Chili Bowl continues to expand with a location at Washington National Airport scheduled to open in 2014.

The addition of Ben’s is part of an aggressive push by airport officials to revamp concession offerings at both Reagan National and Washington Dulles International airports. Along with passenger and airline fees, concessions are a major source of income for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which oversees operations at both airports.

Earlier this month, Ben’s announced it was opening a Rosslyn location in 2014 as well. H Street NE is expected to get a location too, along with Nationals Park and FedEx Field.

Now, there may be some criticism of the expansion — I saw some in Facebook comments, but why should the Ali family limit themselves? Their contributions to the District and U Street in particular are wonderful and no less so if they have additional locations. I’m also on board with more places to get a half-smoke.

According to WTOP, National Airport will be getting several other eateries – American Tap Room, Legal Sea Foods and Pinkberry.

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Ben’s Chili Bowl to open Rosslyn location in 2014

Half-smoke
Ben’s Chili Bowl expanding to VirginiaWashington Business Journal
Iconic Washington D.C. half-smoke purveyors Ben’s Chili Bowl is paying to open a location in Rossyln, Arlington County:

Ben’s co-owner Nizam Ben Ali confirms that the restaurant’s ownership has signed a lease for 1725 Wilson Blvd., which is in the shopping center that used to house Ray’s and is still home to Pho 75, Guajillo and Bean Good coffee, among others.

Opening is expected in 2014. There is a location on H Street NE also in the works, but the Rosslyn location is expected to open sooner.

Ben’s Chili Bowl also has stands at Nationals Park and FedEx Field, but not Verzion Center, though that’s only two Green Line stops from original U Street location.

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NY Times on Wawa vs. Sheetz

Fuel and Food Are Quick, but the Fealty Is ForeverThe Times

The comforts of two chains of convenience stores — Wawa in the east, and Sheetz to the west — inspire Pennsylvanians to choose sides.

There really isn’t any new ground in this Times story — I blogged about it 4 years ago when The Post did a story on it, but I thought I’d post it anyway.

I’ve written about Wawa vs. Sheetz before too — I’d be happy if either one opened near my home or work. Sheetz is unlikely, so that leaves Wawa. Hurry up! If places like Virginia Beach and Hoodbridge can have one, why can’t Alexandria, Arlington or Tysons?

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Tyler Moore’s 8th inning single wins Nats playoff game 1 over the Cardinals

The first NLDS game in D.C. history belongs to the Washington Nationals. The Nats overcame 7 walks be Gio Gonzalez over 5 innings and came back in the 8th to beat the St. Louis Cardinals. From Nationals vs. Cardinals: Washington wins Game 1 of NLDS, 3-2 (The Post):

Davey Johnson, the 69-year-old managing his first postseason game in 15 years, sent left-hander Chad Tracy to pinch-hit. Rookie manager Mike Matheny countered by calling on Marc Rzepczynski, his only left-handed reliever. Johnson responded by pulling back Tracy and sending up Moore, the rookie who had a 10-homer season in limited time.

“I told Tracy when he went up there, if he takes him out and brings in Rzepczynski or whatever his name, I’m hitting Moore,” Johnson said.

Moore went the opposite way, dropping a single in right field to drive in the tying and winning runs.

Moore’s heroics were preceded by others. Jayson Werth made an important catch, 1-out, 1-runner on catch at the wall in the sixth:

The KMOX audio is quite something, make sure you watch the whole video to get it.

As you may recall from last week, above top of the padded wall is a home run. Not an easy catch in the sinister shadows of Busch Stadium III.

In the 7th, Ryan Mattheus came up huge, getting out of a bases-loaded, no outs jam. Two pitches, three outs:

I couldn’t believe the Cards were so impatient.

MORE RECAPS
Tyler Moore’s 2-run single helps Nats edge Cards in Game 1The Wash. Times
Moore comes through in pinch, Nats take Game 1nationals.com

THE BOSWELL COLUMN

With one key hit, Nationals overcome a nerve-wracking startThe Post

DC SPORTS GAMEDAY

I watched the game with my family and a friend from preschool. He was always one of the biggest Redskins fans I knew. He had no objection to switching to the Nats game at 3:05 p.m. Hey, the Redskins were beating the Falcons when we switched. Or flipped over during a commercial. I can’t remember the specifics.

Sunday's lunch

For the big DC sports doubleheader, we had Manger half-smokes (purchased at Canales at Eastern Market on Saturday morning) with homemade chili and DC Brau’s The Public pale ale. We’re going to have to do it this way again.


TODAY IS HIS BIRTHDAY TOO

Hey, there’s Tom Bridge at 0:26 on this NBC Washington report–

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The story of FIVE GUYS

FIVE GUYS cheeseburger and fries in my cube at work
How I Did It: Jerry Murrell, Five Guys Burgers and FriesInc.
The founder of FIVE GUYS, Jerry Murrell explains how and why he and his sons built the Northern Virginia-based hamburger chain. It is an interesting story that began because he advised his teenage sons to either “go to college or start a business.”

I pass the second FIVE GUYS location daily (it was the only one in the late 1990s); sometimes on my bicycle which is like getting taunted as I pedal…

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