Chili’s Closes in North Bethesda

Restaurant closed because the building is being demolished, according to a note posted on the door


The Rockville Pike building that previously housed Chili's

Andrew Metcalf

Chili’s on Rockville Pike has closed.

The North Bethesda restaurant posted a sign on its door sometime earlier this month saying it had closed after 25 years in business because the building where it was located is going to be demolished. The Tex-Mex chain encouraged customers to go to its other locations in Northern Virginia and Frederick. By Monday morning, the company had already removed the Chili’s sign on the building’s exterior facing Rockville Pike.

The building is part of the North Bethesda Market II proposal. The JBG Cos. had previously obtained approvals to build more than 400 residential units and 200,000 square feet of commercial space on the 3.8-acre lot where the building is located. As part of the proposal, JBG planned to construct what would be the county’s tallest building at 300 feet. However, that project stalled in 2015 and new construction timelines haven’t been discussed, according to officials following development in the area.

A rendering showing the proposed plan for North Bethesda Market II. Credit: Studios Architecture

JBG had marketed the property for sale in 2015.

Earlier this year, JBG sold two other nearby properties, North Bethesda Place I and II, which are at 11400 and 5515 Security Lane, to Texas-based Hines for $56.4 million. Between the Chili’s building and the two North Bethesda Place buildings is North Bethesda Market, which includes the Whole Foods grocery store, Seasons 52 restaurant and apartments. While JBG developed North Bethesda Market, it sold the building to Capri Partners in 2014.

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