RE: Whitey's in VA
Whitey's closed in 2003, a victim of Arlington's skyrocketing housing market, or more specifically, the demographic changes that go along with such things. Ironically, this ultimate neighborhood bar and grill was done in by its neighborhood.
The immediate area had been undergoing a makeover for several years, and the upwardly mobile newcomers wanted nothing to do with the scruffy decade's-old establishment with its broasted chicken and bluegrass nights, at one point even banding together to fight Whitey's plans to expand into an adjacent building. They also spoke loud and clear with their wallets, choosing to eat and drink in the splashier and more hip joints opening all over Clarendon. The old guard continued to move on and business suffered. The stone grilling experiment was a last ditch effort by Whitey's to try and appeal to someone, anyone.
My last visit to Whitey's was on the early afternoon of 9/11, and for a while that day it served as a place of refuge for myself and a few co-workers who had spent a good part of the morning trying to get out of DC and away from the reach of the events unfolding at the Pentagon. With that memory in mind, I probably won't see too much of a need to set food in Talullah's, the sleek wine bar that has replaced Whitey's. RIP indeed.