Boston burger chain Tasty Burger has closed its sole D.C. location, it announced today, opting to keep operations contained within its World Series-winning home base.
Eater has learned Scott Parker — the restaurant owner of millennial-targeted bars such as Clarendon’s Don Tito and Ballston’s A-Town Bar and Grill — is pursing a project at the Shaw location of the former burger joint in the Atlantic Plumbing building (2108 8th Street NW).
In an email to Eater, Parker confirms he’s targeting the location and says a deal is “very close to done, but some stuff still has to happen,” adding, “I won’t be ready to announce until December.”
Tasty Burger, known for its affordable “Big Tasty” and “BBQ Onion Burger,” is choosing to focus on the Northeast U.S. The official burger of the newly-minted MLB champion Red Sox, the chain operates four locations in the greater Boston area (one is in Cambridge).
The fast food brand imported its menu of build-your-own and specialty burgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, and sides to D.C. two years ago, capitalizing on the then-boom of eateries moving into the neighborhood.
Tasty Burger owner David DuBois provided the following statement to Eater:
“Tasty Burger opened its first Boston store in the shadows of Fenway Park nearly a decade ago. As a company, we have decided to focus our expansion closer to home in New England, and have thus, decided to close our Washington D.C. store to make way for an exciting new restaurant to meet the needs of the Shaw neighborhood.”
Eater will have more details about the incoming restaurant soon.
According to Eater Boston, Tasty Burger is known for its retro vibe, grass-fed beef and eco-friendly packaging. It was started in 2010.