|The Buenos Grill when it opened last fall.|
Another Annandale business is shutting down: Buenos Grill is closing Aug. 30 after just 10 months in operation. “It wasn’t financially feasible for us to stay open. It wasn’t working out,” said General Manager Christina Lee. “We had high hopes when it opened. Some days were really busy; other days were slow.”
The much anticipated Mexican restaurant opened on a long-vacant site of a former gas station on Columbia Pike in Annandale Oct. 31, 2012. Buenos Grill is across the street from the site of the former Bloom grocery store, which shut down down in January 2012 just two years after it opened. While that was a result of a corporate decision to terminate the Bloom brand, the building has remain vacant for the past year and a half. Joseph’s Coat closed at the end of July after surviving just over a year in Annandale.
Christina Lee said her father, Charles Lee, who owns the property, hopes to sell the restaurant to another management team or to someone who wants to operate a different kind of business. She acknowledged that neither she nor her brother whom she works with have much business experience.