Friends and readers, it is with a very heavy heart that I sit down to write this post. I could spend all day poetically waxing about the feelings that have overcome me on this surprisingly sunny yet very dark, dark day. But instead I will just go ahead and put it out there. The Super Pollo in Ballston has closed. Gonezo. Done. No mas. Somehow, someway, we will find a way to go on. But right now, I cannot see that way for I am horrified over this closure.
Super Pollo is the ridiculously popular Peruvian char-broiled chicken restaurant on Randolph street across from the Ballston Mall. It was in a weird looking building that looks like it may have been a McDonald’s a few decades ago. It served amazingly good Peruvian chicken, with two delicious sides of your choosing, for just over $5 to hundreds of hungry lunch and dinner goers everyday.
As I do nearly once a week, I set out on foot today for Super Pollo for lunch. As I approached, I noticed I didn’t smell the delightful smell of charcoal grilled chicken smoke wafting through the air. I knew something was wrong. My worst fears were confirmed when I saw the entrance to the parking was lot covered with a big canvas sign inviting patrons to come to their other location about 2 miles down Wilson Blvd. Now I guess life can go on because there IS another Super Pollo that exists. But it is not in walking distance of the thousands of workers and residents of Ballston and I no longer get to smell that should-be-patented Super Pollo aroma coming in my window on a hot day.
Why is it gone? Well, it’s a little weird that it just shut down out of the blue. I mean, if anyone would have known about its pending demise, it surely would have been me. I basically run the fan club. But most likely, it has shut down to make way for a new mega-complex, including the new site of the super secure DoD DARPA building, which Tom wrote about back in July (and I commented on, as you can see). DARPA does some amazing work (like, I don’t know, CREATING THE INTERNET)…but it’s a tough sell to me. The Internet or Super Pollo? Don’t make me choose one.