Bar Louie Closes Both MoCo Locations


Bar Louie Closes Both MoCo Locations (and Gallery Place)

Bar Louie, a bar and restaurant chain founded in 1990, has recently closed three DC Metro area locations (including Rockville Town Square and Wheaton Mall in MoCo).

We were told that employees were informed of the news this morning. When we called the restaurant we were told the restaurant will not be open today and that they are not at liberty to discuss the future.

The Facebook pages for the Rockville, Wheaton, and Gallery Place locations have the restaurants listed as “permanently closed.”


UPDATE: We are told the company closed over 30 stores overnight.



  1. Kristi on January 26, 2020 at 6:06 pm

    What the hell. Secrets don’t make friends… WHAT HAPPENED?!

  2. Michele on January 26, 2020 at 9:48 pm

    What the heck??? No notice given to the employees?? According to our so called President the economy is booming, yet businesses are closing left & right!!!

    • Stephen on January 27, 2020 at 11:34 am

      I can think of a number of reasons they closed and has nothing to do with the economy

      • Kathleen on January 27, 2020 at 6:28 pm

        Worst service ever! It’s as if the people who worked there didn’t want to make money!

      • Sami on February 5, 2020 at 2:35 pm

        Gordon Belch and Barf Louie.

    • S Wood on January 28, 2020 at 3:08 pm

      See what happens when you suck up to a dictator. He lies to you, then stabs you in the back. Vote true BLUE come November.

      • Chas on January 30, 2020 at 2:26 pm

        So much for a non partisan community blog. When kids at NBMS spill their milk, they blame the President too?
        Poorly run ventures fail, it’s that simple. This has nothing to do with the Federal Administration, but the author’s true colors come out blessing that post past his screening. Will this one make it?

        • tommy on February 8, 2020 at 7:47 pm

          Well said.

  3. PJ on January 27, 2020 at 12:41 pm

    I’ve only been to the Wheaton location, so I do not know how the other locations were. However, the Wheaton location had the worst service of any restaurant/bar I have ever been to. We could not go there for lunch because it would often take over an hour to get served. Because of the limited places near our office, we’ve had several happy hours there and each time the service was very slow, they would get out orders wrong, and the food would sometimes come out cold.

    I’m not surprised they closed this location.

    • D on January 27, 2020 at 8:08 pm

      Agreed, when they first opened they were good and attentive but last 8–10 times went, table service sucked, food was nasty, bartenders, for the most part, were lazy, feel like 75% of the time had to track them down for a drink. Some were ok but as a whole in Wheaton, they could’ve tried better.

  4. Ronniet on January 27, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    I feel worse about how employees were treated/informed, than I do about the closings themselves

    • S Wood on January 28, 2020 at 3:12 pm

      Most retail establishments, especially in the food industry, practice this method of closure, to protect their inventory from theft and vandalism. Advanced notice to staff of a closure, esp. a bankruptcy filing, may create irreparable damage. Once final lock-down occurs, managers are general instructed to issue final pay and terminate other services. That’s the biz.

  5. bob on January 29, 2020 at 3:22 pm

    The real problem for any business in Montgomery County MD. Is Montgomery county government.

  6. Chris on January 30, 2020 at 2:27 am

    When you don’t have good service and food this is what happens! Also, Rockville town center needs to be more business friendly, the leases are ridiculously high that even restaurant chains struggle to stay open!

  7. S Wood on January 31, 2020 at 2:44 pm

    Ha-Blessing. Looks like moco let yours slide too. What side is he on? LMAO

  8. Mike on February 1, 2020 at 2:01 pm

    Elated to hear about the closing of Bar Louie, Rockville Town Center.
    Service was utter garbage and staff visibly didn’t care.

  9. Joe on February 17, 2020 at 10:10 am

    They filled for chapter 11. They had to close 1/3 of their locations.
    Had nothing to do with the president or any Republican ideologies. (Although I do think their ideologies are now horrible and the president is a disgusting excuse for a man.)

  10. anonymous on October 30, 2020 at 10:20 am

    Maybe AMC could use an expansion in the vacant Wheaton space.

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