Clarendon’s Brass Rabbit Public House is now open in the former location of Bracket Room | ARLnow

Brass Rabbit Public House in Clarendon is now open, filling the space formerly occupied by the Bracket Room.

In July 2021, ARLnow reported that a new bar and restaurant was moving into 1210 N. Garfield Street and, a few months later, the property was targeting a mid-February opening. That goal wasn’t quite achieved, but after a bit of a delay, Brass Rabbit finally opened its doors last week, Tuesday, March 22.

The pub comes from local restaurateur Reese Gardner, who owns a number of other restaurants and watering holes in Arlington, including Copperwood Tavern and Dudley’s Sport and Ale in Shirlington, Quinn’s on Corner in Rosslyn and Clarendon’s The Pinemoor, a few streets of Brass. Rabbit.

Photos show that bunny-themed décor and bunny puns dot the interior. The menu also aims to be bunny-worthy, described as “elevated pub fare with a wholesome twist”.

The all-day menu includes lettuce wraps, carrot fries, a number of different salads, soups, sandwiches, wings, and burgers. The brunch menu is similar, plus the addition of French toast with carrot cake. To drink and “keep the place hoppin,” there are more than a dozen draft beers, craft cocktails (like the “Rabbit-Hole Fashioned”), and an extensive wine list.

Brass Rabbit replaces the Bracket Room, which closed about a year ago. This restaurant and bar opened nine years ago and was co-owned by Chris Bukowski, who’s probably best known for his “Bachelorette” appearances — and isn’t the only reality TV personality to own a restaurant in Arlington.

The Bracket Room was known as a place to watch sports, The Bachelor, and to collect noise complaints from neighbors.


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