BGR served its last hand-spun milkshake and burger last week, wrapping up a 10-year run in Dupont Circle.
The 60-seat restaurant (1514 Connecticut Avenue NW) opened shortly after the burger brand first debuted in Bethesda in 2008. BGR locations have since popped up across nine states, including local outposts in Tysons Corner, Reston, and Gaithersburg.
An employee at its remaining D.C. location at Northeast’s Monroe Street Market confirmed the closure today, adding it was “real sudden,” but did not elaborate on the reasoning. Eater reached out to BGR for comment, and its Dupont location has been deleted from its website.
BGR, which stands for “Burgers Grilled Right,” grills its patties on an open flame, cooked to order and to temperature. Aside from its core burger selections, which include a bacon and cheddar-topped patty between a pretzel bun, there’s salads, hot dogs, and kid-friendly meals.
BGR is not the only burger bar that’s fizzled in the neighborhood. Celebrity-backed chain Wahlburgers nixed its planned lease at the foot of the circle, and fast-casual Red Apron Burger Bar shut down its Connecticut Avenue storefront after just nine months in 2017.
Meanwhile, BGR rolled out a new plant-based burger via Beyond Meat on Monday:
Starting TODAY! We're partnering with @BeyondMeat for a brand new burger! The world’s first plant-based burger that looks, cooks and satisfies like beef without GMOs, soy, or gluten. Made from plants. Made for meat lovers. #BeyondBurger #BeyondMeat #PlantBasedBurger #Burger #Yum pic.twitter.com/JlzabaO6Z4— BGR Burger Joint (@BGRBurgerJoint) July 1, 2019