2015 | Dine

Local Sports Bar with Casual Feel Set to Take Over Bethesda’s Hard Times Café Space

Quincy's, which opened a second location last fall in North Bethesda, signed lease for space Monday

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Quincy's will take over the former Hard Times Cafe space on Del Ray Avenue this fall

Aaron Kraut

Quincy’s, the sports bar and casual restaurant with locations in Gaithersburg and North Bethesda, will take over the former Hard Times Café space in Bethesda.

Quincy’s co-owner Marty Magill said he hopes to open the Bethesda location in late October. It will be called Quincy’s Bethesda.

It will replace Hard Times Café, the restaurant at 4920 Del Ray Ave. that closed in May due to late taxes and the subsequent loss of its alcohol license.

Magill and his wife Alexis bought Quincy’s Bar and Grille in Gaithersburg in 2008. Last October, they expanded by opening Quincy’s South on Woodglen Drive in the White Flint area of North Bethesda.

Marty Magill said the Bethesda location will be a lot like the others, though there is the potential for a slightly expanded menu, catering, delivery and rooftop patio.

“We’ll try to focus on the same stuff we do and not try to be something else,” Magill said. “A lot of these neighborhood places are going out. It’s more corporate stuff. We try to wiggle our way into that niche and price point that’s kind of between. We want someone to still be able to come out with $20 or $30, grab a burger and watch a game and have a good time.”

Magill said he got word that Hard Times had closed and its space was available through a food vendor.

“I thought this may be something that we could do with a bit less risk because there’s stuff in there. The kitchen is a little bigger than what we have,” Magill said. “I think the potential was not fully tapped into there because they had the ability to put a rooftop on.”

Magill said changes to the existing space will include a new bar inside. He also expects to have trivia nights, small plate specials and live music. Quincy’s is also opening a new location in Damascus, though Magill said the buildout there will take about eight months to finish.

At the Quincy’s South location, Magill hired former Royal Mile Pub chef Bryan Ortiz. The menu offers American fare and typical sports bar items, such as wings, chicken tenders, burgers, hot dogs, pizza, sandwiches, a Crab Cake Platter and Guinness Braised brisket.

Inside Quincy's South, which opened last fall on Woodglen Drive in North Bethesda. Credit: Aaron Kraut