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ShopHouse Asian Kitchen, Chipotle’s fast-casual Asian food concept that served rice and noodle bowls, is closing all its locations next week, including its restaurants in Bethesda, North Bethesda and Silver Spring.

Nation’s Restaurant News reported Thursday that the chain would be shuttering its restaurants by March 17. Of 15 locations nationally, three are in Montgomery County: one in downtown Bethesda at 4820 Bethesda Ave., one in Pike & Rose at 11584 Old Georgetown Road and another in downtown Silver Spring at 935 Ellsworth Drive.

There are also four Washington, D.C., locations and one in Columbia.

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc., which owns the ShopHouse chain, decided to sell the leases to all the restaurants after ShopHouse did not generate enough sales, Nation’s Restaurant News reported. The closing comes as Chipotle goes through numerous changes this year, including the resignation of the co-CEO and sales challenges.

The company announced in October that it would no longer be investing in or expanding the ShopHouse chain, which it launched in 2011.

ShopHouse employees will be offered employment at Chipotle, a spokesman told Nation’s Restaurant News, and will be paid for an additional week beyond closing as they transition to new positions.

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