Why Applebee's Is Setting Up Shop in Ballston

The culinary profile of Arlington’s Ballston neighborhood has seen steady growth in recent years, as Mike Isabella’s Kapnos Taverna, Spanish favorite SER and Robert Wiedmaier’s Mussel Bar & Grille have all opened to some acclaim.

And while Northern Virginia favorite Cheestique recently debuted in the neighborhood, it’s two steps back for Ballston’s gourmet designation with news like this: Applebee’s is setting up in between all these eateries.

The Kansas City-based chain is opening an “urban-focused design” at 900 N. Glebe Road in a space previously occupied by The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille, according to Arlington Magazine.

Why Ballston?

“The location was very attractive [to Applebee’s] for a number of reasons,” Applebee’s spokesperson Steve Coe told the magazine. “There are lot of millennials in the area, and it’s an area that has a lot of office buildings as well as residential. The fact that the restaurant will be in the ground floor of a mixed-use…

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