Yes, the header photo is of the Columbia Heights location. No, we’re still not over it.
In early February John Andrade announced that he had sold Meridian Pint in the Dominion Hills neighborhood of Arlington to an unspecified group. Via a Facebook post, he wrote:
My Beloved Arlington Community,
It is with heavy heart I announce I am no longer the principal owner of Meridian Pint. This past year presented fiscal challenges that were difficult to survive. And although Meridian Pint and its staff received heroic and loyal support from our incredible Arlington neighbors, ultimately, Meridian Pint was simply unprepared financially to keep operating to a level that the community and our amazing staff deserves.Recently, the opportunity was presented to pass the torch on to an organization better prepared to carry on the legacy of Meridian Pint. The decision was tough but obvious. I am pleased to tell you that under new management, Meridian Pint will now begin its next chapter in Arlington, ready to serve you everything you have come to love, only better. Expect to see shelves brimming with adult beverages, a full fine-tuned menu and expanded hours. The friendly staff you love will continue on with the new owners, inspired and well-supported.I hope that you will support this next phase in the story of our neighborhood gathering place along with me. You will continue to see me at “The Oldest Bar in Dominion Hills” regularly. Except from now on, I’ll be on the customer side of the bar. It has truly been my greatest pleasure and honor in serving you.
With Love and Gratitude,John Andrade
Today we learned that the new owners are no strangers to managing beer-centric restaurants: Meridian Pint is now part of the Crafthouse family. Crafthouse operates restaurants in Reston, Fairfax, and Arlington. The latter was a World of Beer before being bought by the chain. We spoke to Crafthouse Area Manager Jeremy Sundheimer, who tells us that the name remains Meridian Pint. Look for an initial focus on takeout, which makes sense given… everything, as well as the size of the restaurant, the smallest in the burgeoning Crafthouse empire.
Though not yet listed on the Crafthouse website, Meridian Pint is now open under the new management. Sundheimer notes that, “We want to get the community more involved. This bar was purchased as a neighborhood bar, so with many of the changes to menus I’ve asked the regulars for their input. We will do community and philanthropic events when COVID restrictions allow.” Look for changes to both food and beer menus in line with other Crafthouse locations, with a similar focus on local breweries.
Andrade still owns Brookland Pint, and the Smoke and Barrel concept in Adams Morgan, which we hope is on hiatus and not permanently closed.