- Board approves 10-year lease with local entrepreneur
- Café Root to offer healthy, locally sourced food, gourmet coffee
The Arlington County Board today approved a 10-year lease for the operation of a restaurant and gourmet coffee shop at the Arlington Mill Community Center. Local entrepreneur Alami Abderrahim plans to open Root Cafe this fall, offering a globally inspired menu of fresh, healthy foods using locally sourced ingredients, gourmet coffee and other beverages.
“Having a restaurant at Arlington Mill will help make it the full service community center that we and the community have always envisioned,” said Arlington County Board Chair Mary Hynes. “Root Café, with its menu of healthy foods, will provide a wonderful place for neighbors to gather and share a bite — making our already successful community center even better.”
The Board voted unanimously as part of the consent agenda to approve the lease. To read the staff report, visit the County website. Scroll down to Item #15 on the Regular Agenda for the January 24, 2015, County Board Meeting.
More than 1,200 people visit the community center on an average day. The new restaurant will front on the corner of Columbia Pike and south Dinwiddie Street. As part of the final fit out of the restaurant space, the County will be providing the necessary separate HVAC system, oven venting, water sub-meter and electrical panel and meter. The $290,000 cost was part the County’s plan for the facility and will be paid for from the Arlington Mill Community Center construction budget.
The new café, with its healthy menu, will complement the County FitArlington Initiative to promote a healthy lifestyle.
Learn more about Root Café at www.rootcafearlington.com.
About Arlington Mill Community Center
Arlington Mill Community Center (AMCC), which opened in 2013, offers a fitness room and full-size gymnasium; multi-purpose rooms; basketball court; game room; lockers; healthy vending machines; playground; two-story parking garage; outdoor public plaza and wireless access computers. The center is designed to meet the LEED Gold standard.