2014 | Dine

Update: Roof Bethesda Closes

The restaurant opened less than a year ago on Norfolk Avenue in Bethesda

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Update – Monday 8:30 a.m. – Roof Bethesda has closed its doors.

On Monday morning a sign hung on the door saying, "Thanks to all those who supported us, unfortunately we are now closed."

Owner Alan Pohoryles confirmed the news Friday afternoon, saying the restaurant's last night will be Saturday.

"It's been a super, super tough ride from the very beginning," Pohoryles said. "We were doing very well in the mid-Spring, but then sales started to decline and we've been trying to dig ourselves out ever since."

Pohoryles said he is in discussions to possibly sell the restaurant, but does not have a buyer yet.

The restaurant opened in late December 2013, and featured a third-floor rooftop and second-floor dining room with views of downtown Bethesda. The location above Smashburger may have led some to miss the restaurant while walking on Norfolk Avenue.

Pohoryles attempted to rebrand the restaurant last month to Roof Kitchen and Bar to highlight the second-floor dining room. He said that effort "was too little, too late."

Pohoryles cited management issues and staffing problems as the restaurant's downfall.

However, he said the business was doing well in April and May, "We were doing numbers any restaurant in Bethesda would be jealous of."

Pohoryles said he'll continue to operate his other Bethesda restaurant Tommy Joe's.

Roof took up the second- and third-floor space of this red building on Norfolk Avenue.