Box Bar Owner Coming Back To Bethesda With Live Music Venue
Not even a month after it opened, the Dry Fried Wing Bar and Grille in the old Box Bar space downtown is closed and the owner of the Box is coming back with a new concept. Jason McCarther confirmed a report from blogger Robert Dyer that he will debut a new live music venue, called Roc Bar Live based on his downtown D.C. Roc Bar nightclub, on March 2. McCarther said Dry Fried Wing owner George Farrell, who together with the Dry Fried Wing company put on a January grand opening celebration touting the wings and the importance of minority-owned businesses, defaulted on payments and came to him to buy back the bar. "I love Bethesda, have for 20 years," McCarther said. McCarther, whose Hooters-themed Box Bar and Grill gained quite the reputation after it opened in 2011, said Rockville native Mike Westcott will perform when Roc Bar Live (7525 Old Georgetown Rd.) opens next weekend. A message for James Boyd, the new CEO of Dry Fried Wings, was not immediately returned. But a publicist for Dry Fried Wings at the time of the bar's opening said the company never did own a controlling interest in the bar, as the company announced immediately before the grand opening ceremony. The grand opening ceremony included civil rights leader and former CEO of Dry Fried Wings Dr. Ben Chavis and former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele. They spoke about empowering minorities through business ownership.