Thelo Greek Grill Closes in Bethesda 

Thelo Greek Grill Closes in Bethesda 

Owner hopes to find new location

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Thelo Greek Grill, at 8009 Norfolk Ave in Bethesda, closed Wednesday.

Dan Schere

Thelo Greek Grill, a Mediterranean restaurant in downtown Bethesda, closed Wednesday due to the planned demolition of the building, making way for new condominiums.

The restaurant, at 8009 Norfolk Ave, opened in June 2018. Owner John Panas said he planned to close since being notified about six months ago by the landlord that the restaurant would need to leave the property.

“It had been coming. Most of my customers knew about it,” he said.

Panas said he hopes to relocate within Bethesda. He was looking at spaces on Elm Street and Wisconsin Avenue, although he didn’t want to discuss specific details.

The restaurant’s website states that there will be a new location in Bethesda by Dec. 1.

“I want people to know we’re going to be opening up in Bethesda. We’re going to have a location,” he said. “I don’t want to get into the details. I want to say thank you to all our customers.”

The Claiborne, with 58 units, will be built on the site where the restaurant sat, near the intersection of Norfolk and Auburn avenues.

Hannah’s Barber Shop, next to the restaurant, must relocate also, owner Hannah Tran said. But there is no definite timetable yet.

A representative from Plane Jane Salon, another tenant in the building, said it would also be relocating at some point, but nothing had been “set in stone.”

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