UPDATED: GREENE TURTLE IN LEESBURG HAS CLOSED

(UPDATE: This story has been updated  with a statement from the president and CEO of The Greene Turtle, including information on how members of the restaurant’s “Mug Club” can pick up their mugs.)

In the least surprising news of the week, The Burn has learned that The Greene Turtle location in Leesburg has shut its doors permanently. We’re told it closed yesterday.

Signs are reportedly up on the doors and a spokesperson for the corporate parent of the chain confirmed the news.

We say “least surprising” because regular readers of The Burn will recall that The Greene Turtle Bar & Grille at the Dulles Town Center mall in Sterling recently closed as well. (See our story here.) Both restaurants had the same ownership.

Last week, The Burn learned the Leesburg building was being marketed to potential new restaurants and tenants — a sure sign a closure is imminent. But when we spoke to an employee of the Leesburg location last week, they said they were unaware of any plans to close.

Late this afternoon, The Burn received a statement from Bob Barry, the president and CEO of The Greene Turtle. Excerpts from it are below:

“The Greene Turtle of Leesburg, Va., has closed for business, effective immediately. This location proudly served many residents and visitors in Northern Virginia for the past nine years, and remained actively involved in the community. Unfortunately, the location was unable to sustain operations, and we have made the difficult decision to close it. We are reviewing long-term options, and may consider reopening in Leesburg in the future.”

“Our corporate team and strategic development partners are committed to making The Greene Turtle as strong as it can be. Sometimes achieving that goal requires being bold enough to make tough decisions, including taking a step back when it will enable us to go forward with greater strength. These are changing times throughout all sectors of the dining segment, and navigating them successfully means we have to be on our game with the strongest system and most relevant offering, and keep a close eye on every aspect of our operations to ensure that our highest standards are adhered to consistently as we engage with all stakeholders in our success.”

“We are grateful to the many guests we have been honored to serve in Leesburg, and look forward to seeing them again at one of our 45 other locations. Members of the Leesburg Greene Turtle’s Mug Club may retrieve their mugs at the restaurant on Tuesday, February 12, between 2 and 6 p.m.”

Images: Greene Turtle