Young and Hungry

Mussel Bar & Grille Opens in Arlington Tonight

Mussel Bar InteriorChef Robert Wiedmaier opens the third location of Mussel Bar & Grille in Ballston today with beer chandeliers, more than 100 Belgian beers, and of course, lots and lots of mussels.

Located in a former Chevrolet dealership, the gastropub has a "dive-bar-meets-raw-American industrial look," according to a press release. Cargo containers have been retrofitted as bathrooms, and construction crane hooks serve as purse hooks at the bar. Bottles of Wiedmaier's Antigoon Belgian pale ale, brewed exclusively for his restaurants by Brouwerij De Musketiers in Ursel, Belgium, adorn light fixtures, and an antique Belgian train clock is displayed in the dining room.

On the menu, you'll find—what else?—mussels, from spicy green Thai curry to Mediterranean. Weidmaier sources his mollusks from Penn Cove in Washington State's Puget Sound. Other dishes include pizzas, salads, sandwiches, and grilled items from steaks to swordfish.

Beer is just as much an attraction as the mussels with more than 100 Belgian and craft varieties displayed in a glass refrigerated beer case behind the bar.

Mussel Bar & Grille also has locations in Bethesda and Atlantic City.

Mussel Bar & Grille, 800 N. Glebe Road, Arlington. (703) 841-2337.

Photo courtesy Mussel Bar & Grille

  • Tim

    Not a former Chevrolet dealership.

    There was once a Chevrolet dealership there. It closed in 2008.

    The current building opened in 2012. The developer built an awning in the front to pay homage to the dealership.

    There's a side-by-side at the bottom of this post:

  • tomaj

    This was the place whose bethesda location was slammed hard by the WaPo (1/2 stars). We would appreciate a "first bite" report.