Westmont Shopping Center

Westmont Building to South Highland

April 5th, 2016, Updated November 6, 2021
Town Center: Arlington Heights

Next to the Westmont Shopping Center (which is in the process of being replaced) is a short strip of businesses. This strip is actually four buildings. The first one is the Westmont Professional Building, which houses Vaporfi at 3219, a vapor tasting bar and the Thai Square restaurant at 3217. Vaporfi is a fairly recent additional to the Pike but Thai Square has been at this location for many years. There are also a number of other businesses some of which are medical, that are behind and above it at 3019 & 3017. They can be accessed via a door that is to the west of Vaporfi


Westmont Building, Columbia Pike
Westmont Building, Columbia Pike

Westmont Building, Columbia Pike
Westmont Building, Columbia Pike


The next building 3215  has two business, Mimosa Nails and the Medial Building with Dr. Chrea Siphath MD, Office suite 103. The the following building also has two businesses 3213: Arlington Physical Center & Discount Tobacco.

Westmont Building, Columbia Pike
Westmont Building, Columbia Pike

TMoble, Columbia Pike
The fourth building 3211 has T Moble. Next door but in the back, part of it facing Columbia Pike at 3209 is the Good Fortune Restaurant.

tMoble, Columbia Pike
TMoble Phone and Good Fortune, Columbia Pike



Right after the strip are two houses. I think that these originally were private homes. The first is at 3207 is home to the Panda Bowl a Chinese restaurant and City Kabob a Curry House which is at, 3205. The next house lists the Greens & Teff Cafe Ethopean and plant based food at 3203. 3201 lists MT taxes and Psychic of Arlington. There has been a large turnover of tenants in the second house.

Panda Bowl, Toscanna Grill, City Kabob, Columbia Pike
Psychic, Columbia Pike




Eska


Eska a restaurant and Hookah Lounge is at 3111 and will not be serving alcohol. At the moment the interior is still being remodeled.
It replaces a number of restaurants which had numberous problems including shootings. More information on previous restaurants below.
Purple Lounge, Columbia Pike



Mrs Chen's Kitchen


Mrs Chen's Kitchen.


Mrs Chen's Kitchen, a Chinese Restaurant at 3101 is at the end of the block next to South Highland Street. This restaurant  opened  in the 1970tys.
Mrs Chen's Kitchen
Mrs Chen's Kitchen



Audi


Across the street is Audi of Arlington at 3200.

Audi, Columbia Pike
Audi, Columbia Pike



History

Duplexes

The buildings that include 3201 through 3215 were all built in 1939 each building is a duplex. In the fifties at least one of them had a garden with a white picket fence. At later dates extensions were added, some in the back the others in the front, the only one that does not have an extension is 3203 - 3201. 3205 - 3207 had the extensions added to the back of the building behind 3205. The duplex for 3209 (Good Fortune) and 3211 (tMoble) only has the extension on the front of 3211. TMobile's east wall ends at the center of Good Fortune and you can see that the roof of Good Fortune extends to the western edge of 3211. Next door another section was also added to the front-of the duplex that houses 3213 and 3215.

Back of TMoble
Westmont Building, Columbia Pike


Westmont Building

The building at 3019-3017 opened in 1939. Although the building resembles the other duplexes it is slightly different in that the entrances are higher and required steps. The roof has also been raised. The main entrance to the businesses in the back and above is at the back of the extension on the west side of the building. The Westmont Building which is the extension in front of the original building was built in 1950 . The Westmont Professional Center includes the original building.

Columbia Pike

3219


Vaporfi at 3219 replaced Casa Furniture which in turn had replaced Capital Jewelers. Capitol Jewelers had been at this location for many years. Unfortunately there was robbery on July 30, 2012 in which the owner of the jewelery store, 52-year-old Tommy Wong was shot dead.
@SRtwofourfour : RIP Tommy Wong - you were kind and thoughtful  arlNow Candlelight Vigil


3217, 3215, 3213


Tai Square restaurant has been at 3217 for many years. The next building, 3215 - 3213 has housed a numbers of businesses but quite often they have been vacant. TMoble replaced the Hair Cuttery which in turn moved to Penrose Square. at some point City Kabob & Curry House moved to 3007 and was replaced by Family Kabobs

Panda Bowl, Toscanna Grill, City Kabob, Columbia Pike
Psychic, Columbia Pike

Panda Bowl, Toscanna Grill, City Kabob, Columbia Pike
Mongal Nomads, Columbia Pike

The Purple Ethiopian Restaurant and Lounge

3111


There have been a number of problems at this location. mainly with the Pines of Italy. Neighbors have complained of too much noise and crime. The police were called numerous times. The county has revoked the entertain license more than once. Before the Pines of Italy there was La Liberia an Ethiopian restaurant.



Late in 2016 the business changed hands. It became an Ethiopian Restaurant called the Purple Lounge. The Purple Louge  also continued to have problems. There were a number of shooting incidents on the property. September 1, 2020 their alcohol license was temporarily suspended.  They went out of business in 2021.
Purple Lounge, Columbia Pike

Pines of Italy, Columbia Pike
Purple Lounge, Columbia Pike


Brown's Used Car, Columbia Pike

Audi's & Brown's


There have been car dealerships at 3200 for some time. Before Audi's of Arlington there was Brown's Used Car Supper Center and before that Brown's Nisson.