The automotive-themed Carpool pool hall and sports bar, which occupies a former car dealership, is one of the oldest bars in Ballston. (Photo by Tracy A. Woodward/The Washington Post)

For more than two decades, Carpool has been one of Ballston's go-to neighborhood bars: a place to hang out, shoot pool, eat barbecue or just spend Saturday afternoon watching college football with a cold beer and a plate of wings. But the land on which the automotive-themed bar sits is slated for development, and after several extensions and reprieves, the bar's doors will close for good on April 3, co-owner Mark Handwerger says. Carpool's last call is both Opening Day for the Nationals and the final of the NCAA Basketball Tournament, which should make for one heck of a farewell party. Until then, it's business as usual.

(Rumors of Carpool's demise aren't new: I reported on its potential closure back in June 2006.)

Handwerger says the bar will be “transplanted” to Fair Lakes this summer, where it will reopen in the building formerly occupied by Logan's Roadhouse at 12821 Fair Lakes Pkwy. “We will be relocating as much as possible, including the name, furnishings and fixtures, staff and as much of the actual bar as we can chop up and preserve,” he says. He's shooting for a July opening, but the exact date will depend on the permitting from Fairfax County.

Carpool, 4000 Fairfax Dr., Arlington. 703-532-7665. 

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