When BlackFinn American Saloon abruptly closed this week, questions swirled about what happened to what seemed like a popular local sports bar.
On Friday, the restaurant’s landlord shed more light on the situation. Richard Greenberg, of Greenhill Capital, said the restaurant struggled with rent over the last few months.
“We made multiple attempts to make arrangements for them to stay in there,” said Greenberg. “They agreed on one arrangement that we drafted up in a document, but they didn’t sign it.”
An email sent to one of the restaurant’s partners was not returned on Friday. A manager at the Washington D.C. BlackFinn location said he didn’t know what happened to the Bethesda restaurant.
Greenberg said the restaurant’s management reported a sewage issue on Monday, which they posted to social media. Then on Tuesday he found out they permanently closed from the restaurant’s website.
“I’ve since walked the space and didn’t see anything that resembled a sewage leak,” Greenberg said.
Two days after BlackFinn closed, Greenhill changed the locks on the restaurant and put up no trespassing signs, according to Greenberg. He said it “remains to be seen” if the owners of the restaurant will attempt to claim the property inside the space.
“They went silent and this is what happened,” said Greenberg.
Greenhill is now looking for another tenant, likely another restaurant, to fill the space, according to Greenberg. Greenhill is located on the second floor of the building that housed BlackFinn.
BlackFinn had been in business at 4901 Fairmont Ave. since 2007.
“We want to extend a sincere thank you to the Bethesda community for the support you have shown during our time serving you,” reads the message posted on the restaurant’s website.