Popular D.C. Burger Joint Forced to Shut Down
February 15, 2013 12:57 PM
ARLINGTON, Va. (CBSDC) — One of the D.C. area’s iconic burger joints is no more.
Ray’s Hell-Burger, where the likes of President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and the Russian president have gone for a juicy burger, has been shut down after failing to pay its rent.
Another Landrum-owned restaurant, Ray’s Hell-Burger Too — which doubles as Nice ‘n’ Greasy Steak ‘n’ Cheesy — also has been shut down and large ‘For Rent’ signs currently hang in the windows of both restaurants. The chef’s third restaurant, Ray’s to the Third, still is open across the street from the original burger joint.
I’m tempted to say that this burger joint lost business because of customers not wanting the hassles of finding the place temporarily closed (or customers subjected to searches) at unpredictable times (this would be true regardless of whether the President had a “D” or “R” after his name). But that two of three locations have had to close? Either business is falling off for other reasons or they were badly managed (chefs and restaurant managers have very different talents).