Updated at 12:05 p.m.: Lincoln’s Bar-B-Que, a large restaurant near the Ellsworth Drive fountain in Silver Spring, has closed.
The restaurant had a short run of less than a year. It opened in March at 931 Ellsworth Drive with the intention of bringing barbeque to downtown Silver Spring. It offered a menu of various meats, sandwiches, burgers, salads and other dishes.
Lincoln’s announced the closure on its website. Local blog Source of the Spring first reported the news.
Jeremy Wladis, the CEO of The Restaurant Group, which operated Lincoln’s, said in an interview on Thursday that the company “spent every penny doing everything we thought was exactly right,” but couldn’t bring enough business into the large space.
“We were losing a lot of money,” he said. “Not by choice, we spent a lot of money on that place. We did everything we could to the best of our ability.”
Wladis praised the manager, chef and “fantastic” staff. He said the restaurant would be busy during weekends and in nice weather, but not enough to keep it afloat.
Lincoln’s was a second try for The Restaurant Group. The company opened A.G. Kitchen in the space in 2015, serving Cuban cuisine and Latin dishes. Before that, the space housed Macaroni Grill.
When A.G. Kitchen closed at the end of 2016, the management said the company wanted to change the concept rather than compete with other Cuban and Latin restaurants. Market research had indicated a barbecue place might be a good fit.
Wladis said the company isn’t planning another restaurant for Silver Spring.
“We’re done in that space,” he said. “We don’t know what and how we could ever make it successful. And we’re sorry, because we like the people of Silver Spring quite a bit. They’re very nice people.”