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New book chronicles how Columbia Pike restaurants survived COVID

Book launch slated for April 14 at Columbia Pike Library
"Columbia Pike Recipes for Recovery" looks at how restaurants in South Arlington survived the pandemic era.

Registration is now open for the April 14 release of “Columbia Pike Recipes for Recovery,” a book featuring stories of the resilience of Columbia Pike restaurants during the pandemic.

“When the COVID pandemic hit, our restaurants faced uncertainty and many challenges to stay afloat,” noted the Columbia Pike Partnership, which commissioned the book. “‘Columbia Pike Recipes for Recovery’ celebrates how food brought a community together during a time of need, keeping local restaurant owners in business and forging a path toward recovery.”

The book was commissioned from Arlington artist Sushmita Mazumdar, who gathered stories from the 22204 ZIP code to create a collection of unique and diverse experiences.

The book launch will be held on April 14 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., with copies available for sale and signing. Copies of the book can be purchased at the event or online at, or at the restaurants showcased in the book.

Funds from the sale of the work will go directly to support the restaurants of Columbia Pike.

Restaurants participating in the work include The Celtic House; Rincome Thai (recently closed); Atilla’s (relocated); Supreme Hot Pot; Takohachi Japanese Restaurant; Burritos Bro’s ; Idido’s Coffee & Social House; Los Chamacos; Boru Ramen; Bethel Café; Greens ‘N’ Teff; Ruthie’s All-Day; The Kitchen of Purpose; Queen Mother’s; Pho Saigon Pearl R&B; and Meda Coffee & Kitchen.

“Experience the Pike’s vibrant food scene through the eyes, ears, and mouths of those who call it home,” organizers said.

The kickoff event is free, but because of space capacity, registration is required. For information and to register, see the Website at