Businesses open and businesses close every year, but there’s no doubt that 2020 has been one of the roughest in memory thanks to the coronavirus pandemic — especially for certain types of businesses such as restaurants. The Burn went back through its archives to compile a list of the closures in Loudoun (and a few over the border in Fairfax) that we have covered since the start of the pandemic.

We should stress — not all these businesses closed due to the coronavirus. Some were probably on their way out anyway. Some may have closed for other reasons entirely. And there were a few closures in early 2020 — before the virus outbreak — such as The V Eatery and the Burger King at the Dulles 28 Centre. But there is little doubt the pandemic was a factor in many of these departures.

  • Spinfire Pizza (Ashburn)
  • Il Dolce (Broadlands)
  • Marumen (Sterling)
  • Newks (Sterling)
  • Subway (Lansdowne)
  • Plaza Azteca (Sterling)
  • Raymer’s Homemade Candies (Ashburn)
  • Dog Money Brewery (Leesburg)
  • Ruby Tuesday (Leesburg)
  • Ruby Tuesday (South Riding)
  • Chai Coffee Cafe (Ashburn)
  • Eggspectation (Leesburg)
  • Le Pain Quotadien (Reston)
  • Flame Kabob (Leesburg)
  • Colada Shop (Sterling)
  • Pizza Hut (Leesburg)
  • Great Gatherings (Ashburn)
  • Noodles & Company (Cascades)
  • Senor Tequila’s (Cascades)
  • PF Changes (Sterling)
  • Big Bowl (Reston)
  • Dragon Hops Brewing (Purcellville)
  • District Pollo (Ashburn)
  • Bob Evans (Leesburg)
  • Kirklands (Leesburg, Sterling)
  • Stein Mart (Leesburg)
  • Mokomandy (Sterling)
  • Harris Teeter Moorefield (Ashburn)
  • Pet Valu (Ashburn)
  • Bean Bar (Leesburg)
  • Corner Donuts (former Sugar Shack) (Lansdowne)
  • Balducci’s (Reston)
  • Pier One (Leesburg, Sterling)

Sadly, this list is far from complete. There were certainly other closures that we missed, or didn’t cover for one reason or another. And there were certainly closures of businesses outside of our traditional focus on restaurants, large retail, food-related retail, supermarkets, entertainment venues, etc.

The other side of the coin is new restaurants and businesses that were supposed to open in 2020, but have gotten delayed. The Lost Fox Hideaway at One Loudoun and the Silver Diner in Ashburn come to mind. Here’s hoping this trend of closures and delays turns around in 2021 and new openings outpace any closings.