Red Hot & Blue
Red Hot & Blue is one of Arlington's oldest and storied restaurants. For 25 years it has been offering up savory barbecue to the strains of classic Chicago and delta blues artists.The business was started in 1988 by a group of notable politicians including Tennessee Governor and U.S. Congressman Don Sundquist. RNC chairman Lee Atwater was also an early investor, who, with his blues jamming entourage, regularly livened things up in the early days.
But this being a political town, the power of the veto often comes into consideration when choosing a restaurant, as General Manager Andy Blaze notes. "Even if I'm selling the best barbecue experience in town, delicious as it may be, there's a veto holder for every party of friends that might stop by to eat - and that's the one diner among a group who wants a healthier alternative. Lose that diner, and you risk losing the whole party. A specialty dining business like this can't just say, 'hey this is who we are' - because we're going to lose out."
Blaze takes personal pride in bringing Red Hot & Blue corporate management around to the power of the veto holder and has expanded its offerings to include heart healthy seafood and vegetarian dishes.
Blaze, a former Bostonian has long embraced alternatives to the car, particularly cycling. "My wife is a regular bus rider out in Falls Church, and with shower facilities at her job now, she's excited at the prospect of cycling during the warmer months.
"For me?" Blaze remarks, "[I support] anything to decrease the density of traffic."
The majority of Andy's forty employees already use metro trains and bus to commute to work from DC, Maryland and Virginia.
I do have ample free parking in the building for evening customers, but for my staff, public transportation is the only thing to do - parking's simply prohibitive."
Keeping in timely step with the burgeoning growth of the area, a Capital Bikeshare station recently sprung up near his location to serve the local residents, office workers, as well as the summer tourists. Blaze points out that the bikes are always in use.
Use your power of the veto to ditch your car and get to Red Hot & Blue in Rosslyn car free. Hop on a bike, an ART or Metrobus or walk over to enjoy great barbecue or a delicious healthy alternative.