New Rosslyn cocktail bar, Salt, debuts with Open Road Grill upstairs

With dual openings, MHG double dips in trendy Rosslyn district

The owner of Open Road and El Bebe will open Salt, a new cocktail bar and restaurant, today, December 17. Metropolitan Hospitality Group (MHG) will unveil Salt in Rosslyn’s Central Place Plaza in Arlington, Va. At the same time, it will open the doors to another location of its Open Road Grill in the same locale just upstairs. Salt is cast as a brand new, trendy concept from MHG.

Salt, a new cocktail bar in Rosslyn

Salt’s seafood-centric menu

Satl brings a seafood-centric menu to Rosslyn that’s meant to be shared and larger plates that should be enjoyed regularly. Chef Mike Huff, MHG culinary director, struck a balance in creating an elevated and polished menu that is also approachable. There are seafood classics, like Oysters on the Half Shell and Classic Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail.

Also expect “light-hearted offerings,” according to MHG’s announcement, including the Tinned Ortiz Seafood Selections with sesame crackers, butter, pickled mustard seeds and cornichons, in addition to Tuna Tartare Nachos. This plate aims to please, with wonton chips, wasabi guacamole, pickled ginger cream, dried seaweed, diced raw tuna, and tobiko in perfect harmony.

Salt guests can order larger plates, as well. Take the Scallops & Pork Belly, for example. This features jumbo sea scallops, braised pork belly, “sticky icky” sauce, scallions, and sesame. This one sounds delicious & decadent, too: a Wagyu Burger made with Mashima Reserve American Wagyu, roasted wild mushrooms, gruyere cheese, crispy onions and white truffle aioli.

Salt is cast as a sleek, modern cocktail bar and restaurant. It opened today in Rosslyn. Photos by MHG.
Salt is cast as a sleek, modern cocktail bar and restaurant. It opened today in Rosslyn. Photos by MHG.

Salt cocktail lineup

Beverage Program Director Paul Williams delivers good diversity in Salt’s drink lineup. Here are some of the announced beverages:

  • Silly Rabbit – Roku gin, yellow Chartreuse, carrot-star anise juice, almond orgeat, ginger and fresh lemon
  • Savor The Moment – shiitake infused Toki Suntory whiskey, yellow Chartreuse, maple and Angostura bitters
  • The Woods with Maximo mezcal – a seasonal drink – Salers aperitif, Zirbenz pine liqueur, honey, and Angostura bitters
  • Mai Tai – a barrel aged Maple Old Fashioned round out the menu

“With Salt, we had a lot of fun playing with creative cocktails which push the boundaries with ingredients, and a food menu that’s classic with a touch of whimsy.” said Matthew Carlin, MHG president.

Sleek, modern design

On the lower level, Salt will offer a cozy space designed with sleek accoutrements. Ruby red booths, exposed, brick, textured wallpaper, wood paneling and black polished concrete floors help convey a modern feel. Salt features a “subtly lit, featuring brass lighting fixtures and a gorgeous granite bar” that seats eight, says an MHG announcement.

Open Road Rosslyn

Open Road Grill, an All-American restaurant opened above the Salt cocktail bar and restaurant space in Rosslyn's Central Place Plaza. Photos by MHG.
Open Road Grill, an All-American restaurant opened above the Salt cocktail bar and restaurant space in Rosslyn’s Central Place Plaza. Photos by MHG.

Salt’s sister concept, Open Road Grill, will open on the second floor in a space designed by Gensler. It’s an all-American restaurant featuring grill fare, like burgers, chili bowl and classic wings, with live music appearances and a versatile beer selection. This restaurant space is inspired by all of that, and includes an American flag mural, a suspended Harley Davidson Fatboy motorcycle, and paintings of Marilyn Monroe and Bruce Springsteen. Jack Labadle, a local artist, is behind the paintings—the finishing touches.

“Upstairs at Open Road, we’ve designed a space and menu that can accommodate full-service lunches and dinners, as well as grab and go online ordering for the busy offices in the area,” added Carlin. “Of course, Happy Hour will be a big focus for us and we’ll have 10 TV screens for all the games.”

Open Road in Rosslyn will be happening place and in demand, with just 16 bar seats and 66-person dining room capacity. A 54-seat patio will open during the warmer seasons.

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These two restaurant openings will catch a lot of interest in the up-and-coming Rosslyn neighborhood. “We’ve been seeing an uptick in people staying in Rosslyn after work and visiting on the weekends, so now they’ll have even more opportunities to enjoy our neighborhood,” said Mary-Claire Burick, Rosslyn BID president.

Salt Rosslyn operating hours and Happy Hour

  • Monday to Thursday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Fridays and Saturdays from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.
  • Happy Hour is forthcoming.

Open Road Rosslyn operating hours

  • Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Friday from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.
  • Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.
  • Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Open Road Rosslyn Happy Hour

Monday to Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. It includes $5 draft beers, $7 house wines and $8 small plates. Open Road will launch brunch service in Rosslyn in the coming weeks.

Salt, 1201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Va.

Open Road, 1201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Va.

Photo credit: Salt (featured), Open Road (inline)

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