Whitlow’s on Wilson wasn’t always in Arlington. For a really long time, starting around the end of World War II, it was down at 11th and E St. NW. Oliver Carr, a developer, had acquired much of the block in the mid-1980s, in the hopes or revitalizing it with new office and retail space. The same block also held the old M.E. Swing Coffee Company.
By 1989, Whitlow’s had closed down with a guaranteed spot in the new development by Carr. Unfortunately, the project stalled, the marked bottomed out and it never got off the ground.
Tired of waiting around, Gregory D. Cahill moved his business out to Clarendon in 1995, using some of the old furniture, and opened the new Whitlow’s on Wilson.
So, the next time you’re there on a Thursday night, surrounded by hundreds of intoxicated recent college grads (seemingly dominated by UVA, JMU, Penn State and Michigan kids), make sure to share this bit of trivia … also, don’t forget to learn where Arlington County received its name.
Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District. He lives in Columbia Heights with Mrs. Ghost and Ghost Dog. On September 3rd, 2013, the second site launched as Ghosts of Baltimore.