Potomac’s Lahinch Tavern and Grill will close in Cabin John Village


The Irish restaurant Lahinch Tavern and Grill in the Cabin John Village mall in Potomac will close at the end of May, according to a restaurant employee.

A bartender confirmed to Bethesda Beat on Tuesday night that the restaurant would be closing at the end of the month, but he didn’t have any additional details on the exact last day of service or the reason for the closure. He said further questions should be answered by the manager, who the bartender said was not speaking to the press.

Lahinch opened in April 2016 in the former location of Benny’s Bar and Grill. Christy and Libby Hughes, along with Barry Nolan, were among the partners who opened Lahinch and had previously opened the Irish Inn at Glen Echo 13 years previously. The Irish Inn remains open.

The Moco Show previously reported on Lahinch’s impending closure.

Later this month, French bakery Boulangerie Christophe is set to open in the mall, according to an employee at the bakery’s original location in Washington, D.C. The restaurant serves pancakes and omelettes, as well as pastries and bread, according to his menu.

Photo by Dan Schere.

Store Reporter previously reported on the imminent arrival of Boulangerie Christophe in Cabin John.

Cabin John Village is undergoing an extensive redevelopment, which includes the construction of 59 townhouses and 60,000 square feet of commercial and office space in three stages. The plan was approved by the county planning board in October 2018.

As part of the redevelopment, a road is being built that runs through the mall. The construction has forced the permanent closure or relocation of several businesses that existed between CVS and Giant, and were on the route of the future road.

Mall owner Edens is overseeing the retail redevelopment. Sommer Hixson, a spokeswoman for Edens, wrote in an email to Bethesda Beat on Tuesday that it’s “too early” to share updates on the mall’s redevelopment. The company would share updates next month, said Hixson, who declined to comment on Lahinch’s closure.

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