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National Chain World of Beer Is Reportedly Plotting a Ballston Comeback

Plus, U Street is getting a Smoothie King

Menu offerings at World of Beer
World of Beer’s giant German pretzel dunked in beer cheese.
World of Beer [official photo]
Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

More beer for Ballston?

It appears coast-to-coast tavern World of Beer has missed its millennial drinking constituency in Ballston. ARLnow flagged the likely return of the craft brand that bills itself as the original craft beer restaurant. The outlet cites Arlington Economic Development with providing intel on initial permit applications for 4300 Wilson Boulevard. The 6,600-square-foot site most recently housed Ted’s Montana Grill, which closed in 2015. World of Beer’s original home in Ballston up the street (901 N. Glebe Road) lives on as Crafthouse, following a 2017 split from the brand. There are currently two local WoB locations, in Bethesda and Rockville. Ballston bulked up its Bavarian bites-and-beer scene this summer with the arrival of Bronson Bier Hall. [ARLnow]

Smoothie move on U Street

Ubiquitous chain Smoothie King will plant another area location at 14th and U Streets NW, according to permits spotted by Popville. The storefront (1940 14th Street NW) has long sat vacant on the busy intersection. Smoothie King already has six other locations in D.C. proper, including one nearby on Logan Circle’s main hub of P Street NW. [P]

JRINK flows back into Northern Virginia

Following last month’s closure in Clarendon, homegrown juicer JRINK will debut a Tysons Corner location on Wednesday, October 30. The setup, situated inside Whole Foods Market’s new Mid-Atlantic flagship location, will offer an updated smoothie selection, over a dozen cold-pressed juices, lattes, online pick-up orders, and a bottle return program (1635 Boro Place). Herbal and superfood add-ins from sister brand Apothékary sport benefits for the mind, body, and skin. The Boro development recently got a healthy boost with the arrival of fast-casual salad slinger Flower Child.