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Back in June, Y&H colleague Alex Baca wrote about the foot-traffic woes of Artisphere, Arlington County’s would-be Kennedy Center for young people. Part of the problem: losing Busboys & Poets, the creative-class magnet that restaurateur Andy Shallal had originally intended to spin-off into yet another buzzy location inside the arts center. But the deal fell through.
Now comes word that Shallal’s eventual replacement in Artisphere’s restaurant space, Casa Oaxaca operator Karen Barroso‘s Here Cafe Bar, is not renewing its contract after just seven months in business.
In a statement, Barroso tries to put a positive spin on the closure: “Although this particular restaurant concept didn’t translate for the Rosslyn business crowd, the catering arm of our business saw great results from our partnership with Artisphere.”