After more than 20 years of feeding shoppers and nearby accountants in Tysons Galleria, Legal Sea Foods will shutter on Wednesday, September 26.
The Washington Business Journal first reported on the potential closure on Tuesday, and an employee at the first-level Tysons Galleria restaurant told Eater the location is calling it quits because its “lease was ending,” adding the other area locations will remain open in Chinatown, Reagan National Airport, and Crystal City, Va. Its modernized sister offshoot, Legal Sea Bar, recently arrived in Union Station this summer.
The company provided the following statement to Eater on Tuesday:
We decided not to renew our lease at Tysons Galleria ... since we opened the restaurant in 1995, our site selection strategy has evolved. So when we reviewed our presence in the mid-Atlantic, we opted to cast a wider net in DC with our new Legal Sea Bar location in Union Station. This more urban setting aligns with our strategy, and the new iteration of our brand complements our restaurants at 7th Street in DC, Crystal City and Reagan National Airport ... All of our employees at Tysons Galleria have been offered transfers to our other area-restaurants, and we are hopeful they will stay part of our team.
The disappearance of the expense account-friendly lunch and dinner destination is the latest hole left in the mall, which suffered a massive blow with the abrupt closure of the short-lived Isabella Eatery last month. The landlord is currently weighing options for a new tenant or tenants to take over the sprawling 41,000-square-foot food hall on the third floor. Eater reached out to its Brookfield Properties leasing team for an update.
Legal Sea Foods is still on tap to host its tenth annual oyster festival from September 13 through October 10 at its remaining locations.