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Dec 19, 2007 11:27 AM

Orleans House (Rosslyn) closing

According to News Channel 8, Tom Sarris' Orleans House in Rosslyn will close in less than a month.

"The Arlington County board approved plans on Saturday to build a 600,000-square-foot, 470-foot-tall office building at 1812 North Moore Street - the space occupied by the restaurant. Owner Tom Sarris said he had no option but to sell."

I'd never call it a gourmet delight, but many of my happier memories were born over a congenial meal (and some great roast beef) there.

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  1. Actually, my fondest memories of that place were when it was Rucker Electronics, but my family used to go out for dinner every Saturday when I was a kid, up through my teens, and the various Tom Sarris restaurants were favorites of ours, the original Ranch House in Rosslyn, the fancy one in one of those high rise buildings that went up in the late 50s, and the one on Wilson Blvd about across the street from where Ray's The Steaks is now, and of course the Orleans House.

    Just what they need in Rosslyn - another 470 foot tall building. Ho hum. It'll probably have an expensive restaurant.

    1. gosh, i'll have to make a trip there soon, then. the auction for the stuff will probably be amazing!

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      1. re: alkapal

        I got dibs on the steamboat salad bar!

        1. re: monkeyrotica

          all that wrought iron and lighting fixtures and semi-erotic statuary!

          1. re: alkapal

            Stopped by Orleans House for lunch today. Big medium rare prime rib au jus with horseradish and an icecream scoop of mashed potatoes, big salad from the steamship, and a cup of hot tea for $25. That's including a 20% gratuity. I've had worse prime rib at twice the price. I'm definitely hitting it a few more times before they shutter on 15 January.

            Also, a note from Tom Sarris on the tables said that they'd be auctioning everything inside online at If I can't afford a wrought iron chair or two, I'm going to get one of those huge salad dressing crocks.

      2. This is sad to hear. I no longer live in the area, but when my (now) wife and I first met back in the early 70's, we ate there several times. I seem to recall a really good crab imperial. Oh well...

        1. My Dad used to take me there when I was in college a few decades ago. He always got the prime rib and baked potato. Back then it was really good prime rib. I remember the salad bar too. For the life of me I have no recollection of what I ordered. I get that place mixed up with Blackies, which was the other place he'd take me. I know I loved the barbeque ribs there. Does Blackies still exist?

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          1. re: Ellen

            blackie's is long gone. and the nearby lulu's, which hailed, i believe, from the same owner.

          2. Except I knew they were cutting back some years ago when a few of the salad bar selections vanished - I do miss the watermelon rind pickle especially.