Good news for health-conscious eaters in Arlington: The owners of Tangysweet and Red Velvet Cupcakery are opening a salad and grill restaurant in Clarendon in late July. Happily for the rest of us not-so-health-conscious eaters, the restaurant, called Rabbit, will also have beer, cupcakes and grilled cheese sandwiches.
Aaron Gordon, who’s opening the restaurant with his business partner and father Robert Gordon, described the spot as “a healthy fast-casual spot with a little bit of something for everybody.”
That means a line of signature salads and sandwiches as well as “hot plates” featuring small salads alongside grilled proteins and vegetables from Rabbit’s open kitchen. Look for a selection of wines (three reds and three whites), two draft lines, house-made iced tea and lemonade and a blend of fresh-squeezed carrot and apple juice. The restaurant will also serve up to 12 varieties of cupcakes from Gordon’s chain of cupcake shops; inside, it will be connected to a Red Velvet Cupcakery with a separate street entrance.
The tableware will separate the 50-seat Rabbit from some of the city’s other salad-focused places: “We’re serving on china,” Gordon says. “You’re not going to be eating out of a plastic bowl here.”
Located at 3035 Clarendon Blvd., between Delhi Club and the recently opened Pete’s Apizza and less than a block from the Clarendon Metro station, the restaurant is in a prime spot for foot traffic — a major draw for the D.C.-born and raised restaurateur. Gordon set his sights on vibrant area a few years ago after dining nearby.
“We came out of the restaurant, and it was a beautiful summer day and the sidewalks were packed with people,” he said. “So we loved the idea of being in Clarendon, though it took a while to find the perfect place.”