More Changes on Columbia Pike: Red Rocks Updates Menu

New additions to the local pizza chain.

Photo courtesy of Doug Baj

By: Evan Milberg

Another restaurant on Columbia Pike is getting a makeover. Earlier this year, it was announced that Eamonn’s, a fish and chips shop, is transitioning to a Society Fair, a gourmet market concept already in the repertoire of Eat Good Food Group. And this week, Red Rocks Neapolitan Bistro also announced changes. After a year at its Arlington location, Doug Baj, a managing partner, thought it would be a good idea to collect customer feedback and make some changes.

“We found most of our pizzas were pretty solid,” says Baj, but will turn the meatballs into sliders and add a chicken Parmesan to the menu. Red Rocks is also experimenting with gluten-free dough made from polenta. “The changes in the menu reflect more of the neighborhood,” says Baj. “South Arlington is not Clarendon. It’s not Rosslyn. It’s not Ballston. I think people are looking for a solid neighborhood restaurant with good value, good service and consistency.” This also means expanding the kids menu, including a special on Sunday nights where kids eat for free.

The transitions add to the evolution of the dining scene on Columbia Pike. In 2012, William Jeffrey’s Tavern and Taqueria Poblano graced the Pike, giving the neighborhood more life than it had seen in decades.

As for Eamonn’s, it becomes Society Fair starting next week with coffee, croissants and breakfast sandwiches. Eventually offerings will include sandwiches, salads and, says the restaurant’s representative, “prepared foods to-go and a mini menu of ‘petit fare,’ including local beef lasagna and chicken pot pie.”

But most importantly, the last day to eat that wonderful fried burger in Arlington is Monday.