It looks like the Red, Hot & Blue barbecue and burger restaurant in Leesburg is gone for good. It was a stalwart of the local dining scene for many years — but now it has become the latest victim of the pandemic.
A reader shared an image (below) of a closed sign reportedly posted at the restaurant today.
“Two plus years of covid, rising food and labor costs have finally brought us down,” the message to customers read. “We just never had a chance to recover. But we want to thank you for all your years of patronage and good will. We will miss all of you who visited regularly. Thank you.”
No one answered at the restaurant when The Burn called this evening, and both its Google and Facebook listings online say “permanently closed.” And the Leesburg location no longer appears on the brand’s website.
We couldn’t find an opening date for the Leesburg Red, Hot & Blue, but it was at least as early as the mid-aughts if not before.
The local chain was founded in Arlington in 1988 and there are approximately 10 locations in five states. The only other one in Virginia is in Fairfax on Chain Bridge Road.
It will be interesting to see what takes over the space. The 5,200 s.f. Red, Hot & Blue building sits in a prominent spot at the corner of East Market Street and Plaza Street.
It’s part of the Bellewood Commons shopping plaza that is also home to a Dunkin’ Donuts and Melt Gourmet Cheeseburgers.
(Image at top: Red, Hot & Blue)