A one-time spin-off of critically acclaimed Arlington restaurant Ray’s the Steaks has apparently run its course after roughly 12 year in business. The pending closure of Silver Spring’s the Classics comes as other homegrown establishments call it quits in Maryland, D.C., and Virginia — including one operation that’s opened and closed twice (so far).
Here’s a recap of recent restaurant closings and announcements about upcoming departures that you might have missed.
BETHESDA—Helen’s on the Pike, the quiet little restaurant that took over the space left behind by now-relocated Addie’s, has made a temporary closure over the holidays permanent.
CLARENDON—Should British chain La Tasca close its Arlington outpost, neighboring restaurateur Ivan Iricanin is ready to swoop in and plant a taqueria idea he’s been working on in the exact same space.
DUPONT CIRCLE—DGS, the Jewish deli co-founded by local restaurateurs Nick and David Wiseman (Whaley’s, Hill Prince), closed on February 11. The five-year-old restaurant grew to have a second location in Mosaic District (closed last winter), and also served as an incubator for underground hummus shop — and soon to be autonomous eatery — Little Sesame.
SILVER SPRING—Bethesda Magazine reports that neighborhood steakhouse the Classics is closing on Tuesday, February 27. Originally opened by local restaurateur and Ray’s the Steaks founder Michael Landrum as Ray’s the Classics, the meat-centric eatery has maintained its focus on burgers, steaks, and seafood.
STERLING—Local blog the Burn reports that weeks-old Naughty Girls Donut Shop has closed its latest operation. The founders tried once before in Front Royal, Virginia, but brought this updated version of the sweets shop into being in anticipation of nationwide expansion.
TAKOMA PARK—Local coffee shop La Mano is scheduled to close on Monday, March 5. Owner Javier Rivas left the door open to reviving the business elsewhere in the future, but expressed a desire to spend more time with his family right now.