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Deal for Caddies Falls Through, Restaurant Reopens Under Same Ownership

The longtime Bethesda bar reopened Thursday

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Caddies on Cordell in Bethesda's Woodmont Triangle

Andrew Metcalf

Ashish Alfred, the restaurateur who owns Duck Duck Goose and 4935 Bar & Kitchen, said a deal he struck to buy Caddies in Bethesda had fallen through after he failed to secure a lease for the space with the landlord.

A spokeswoman for Caddie’s owners Gabe Coulon, Rob Coulon and Chris Sansone said the owners had no comment about the deal. She said the owners will reopen the restaurant tonight and keep it open for the foreseeable future.

Attorney Sean Morris, who represents the Arizona landlord that owns Caddie’s, said there were negotiations with Alfred to take over the space, but “they never progressed to the point where the landlord approved assignment of the lease.”

Multiple sources told Bethesda Beat Thursday that the owners are continuing to try to sell the restaurant and that negotiations are ongoing for a new owner to take it over, but nothing has been finalized. The sources spoke on background citing the ongoing negotiations. The restaurant has been closed since the beginning of August.

Alfred said he thought the deal had been completed when he previously said he would be taking over the popular Cordell Avenue bar, but during final lease negotiations disagreements arose. He said after those problems, the two sides decided to part ways.

“Everything was done, but I wasn’t able to finalize the lease and it didn’t work out,” Alfred said. “I wish them the very best in future endeavors.”