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Mike Isabella Says More Restaurants in His Empire May Close

Ramen shop Yona’s name came up

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Graffiato’s been dark for about a week, but now it’s officially the end of the line for the pizzeria. Chef Mike Isabella had been mulling over the fate of his seven-year-old flagship restaurant, as reports of rent-related woes surfaced. Now Isabella tells Washingtonian that Graffiato is definitely closed, and more of his restaurants might be next on the chopping block.

“I’m definitely thinking of closing one or two more and focusing on the rest,” Isabella told the magazine, saying that he was also thinking of selling existing concepts including his ramen shop in Ballston (Yona), calling it an example of a one-off “that you’re not going to do more of.”

Isabella said last week that the sexual harassment lawsuit against him and his business partners hurt his restaurants, and now he says that he expanded and opened too many restaurants too quickly. “It was definitely too much,” Isabella told the Washingtonian.


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