UPDATED: Opening plans uncertain for high-profile Bethesda restaurant

UPDATED: Opening plans uncertain for high-profile Bethesda restaurant

The Riggsby delayed indefinitely

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This story was updated at 7:35 p.m. Aug. 10, 2020, to add a comment from Clark Douglas and to correct his title.

The opening of The Riggsby restaurant on Bethesda Row has been delayed “indefinitely” due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Riggsby, an upscale D.C. restaurant, announced last December that it would open in the former Kapnos Kouzina space in Bethesda Row this year. Initially, restaurant representatives said the restaurant would open in the “late spring.” Then the estimate changed to “by the end of the summer.”

Last week, Clark Douglas, a senior marketing strategist for Schlow Restaurant Group, told Bethesda Beat that the opening is delayed indefinitely because of the economic uncertainty caused by the pandemic.

“There’s things changing for us every day. We’re staying nimble and waiting to see how the restaurant environment and the world as a whole kind of evolves over the next few months,” he said on Thursday.

Douglas said construction on the restaurant has paused. He did not know how much work was left to be done.

“It’s one of those things where we’re waiting to see what happens before we put significantly more investment into that restaurant,” he said. “We don’t know what the timeline is for opening it, so until we know, we’re not moving forward with construction ….”

Douglas emphasized that The Riggsby is still committed to opening in Bethesda despite the challenges of the pandemic, but there isn’t a definite timeline in place yet.

Dan Schere can be reached at daniel.schere@bethesdamagazine.com

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