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Huge New Scenic Tourist Attraction Will Soon Serve Alcohol

Rosslyn’s new Observation Deck is working beer and wine into the mix

The vistas from the observation deck at CEB Tower.
Rosslyn BID [Official photo]
Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

A new 360-degree cafe atop Rosslyn’s recently unveiled 12,000-square-foot observation deck is working its way up to serving drinks.

Developer JBG Smith’s new tower at Central Place (1201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Va.) debuted its daily cafe offerings on June 21. An employee tells Eater the window-wrapped space on the 31st floor is about two weeks away from getting its license to sell beer and wine.

For now, menu offerings include: caprese and roasted turkey sandwiches; garden and Caesar salads; margherita and pepperoni flatbreads; sweets, and more. Legends — which also handles hospitality services at One World Trade Center in New York City — is managing the dining operation.

The new publicly-accessible space also includes vantage points from the 32nd-story which offers even higher views of the Pentagon, National Mall, and other local attractions. Ticketed visitors can access the space via a glass-enclosed elevator that ascends from outside the building. Tickets for adults cost $22, with discounted rates available for students, military personnel, senior citizens, and children from 5 to 13 (those under five are allowed in free).

The Observation Deck currently operates from 10 a.m to 8 p.m. on weekdays, and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends. Once alcohol enters the mix the hours will likely be extended, the employee tells Eater.

Rosslyn’s Observation Deck at CEB Tower is open [Curbed]