Urban Heights, which closed for renovations back in December, is being replaced by Tommy Joe's, which is moving there from its current location in Bethesda.
Robert Wiedmaier's group of restaurants were struggling with Urban Heights because of the lack of lunch traffic at the location, according to chief operating officer Frank Shull. They also wanted to find a way to appeal to a broader customer base beyond Urban Heights' focus on Asian fare. Urban Heights and Tommy Joe's share a silent partner, and the company knew that the bar would eventually have to relocate due to pending redevelopment at its 4714 Montgomery Lane location (also in Bethesda).
"We decided what's needed on that side of Bethesda is a really nice sports bar," said Shull.
The company will completely revamp the Tommy Joe's menu, though a couple of the most popular menu items may remain. "The beer will be cold, we'll have great prices on beers, and we'll even have entertainment [such as DJs]," said Shull. They also hope to host several private events due to the spacious rooftop area.
Since construction changes are minimal, a reopening could come soon after Valentine's Day; a new sign has already been ordered. Eater has reached out to the Tommy Joe's team for any further details.
Meanwhile, former Urban Heights chef Cliff Wharton has moved on from Wiedmaier's company, according to a spokesperson.