Gordon Biersch in Rockville Town Square has Closed Permanently

March 1, 2020
MCS Staff

BREAKING: We’ve just been told that Gordon Biersch in Rockville Town Square has closed permanently.

At the moment, we don’t have any further information, but we were told that employees were informed just a couple hours ago.


UPDATE: Since October, the chain has closed as many as 11 locations—yesterday’s closure of the Rockville location, as well as at Navy Yard in D.C., are just the recent closures for the national chain.



  1. Diane Walsh-barberesi on March 2, 2020 at 4:54 am

    This is so sad.

  2. Sheri Brown on March 2, 2020 at 5:14 am

    We ate dinner there last night. All seemed normal.

  3. RockvilleStan on March 2, 2020 at 7:07 am

    Will be replaced with an Asian cuisine restaurant of some kind.

  4. Bobby Bennett on March 2, 2020 at 8:06 am

    The one in Annapolis should do the same

    • Joe Kirby on March 4, 2020 at 8:02 am

      BOBBY BENNETT– Would you care to share WHY you think Annapolis GB should close? I go there a few times a week at various times and almost always see crowds ranging from about 60% capacity to PACKED (at peak times/happy-hours). Sincerely interested in your perspective. — JK

  5. Bill P. on March 2, 2020 at 8:11 am

    Wow! The true anchor of RTC. Can not believe. RTC is truly in serious decline. BDubs is the new King? Bar Louie gone. Thai Pavilion on the block. How long for La Tasca and La Canela?

    • Michael on March 3, 2020 at 12:20 am

      That is so terrible.. GB was a great place to eat and socialize..

  6. Randy I. on March 2, 2020 at 9:45 am

    Wow! Doesn’t look too good for downtown Rockville . Sad day- Was a nice busy place to get good food and beer.

  7. Rita Wilt on March 2, 2020 at 12:05 pm

    I am so sorry to hear another store closing in town center.City of Rockville charges to much for rent.They need to have free on street parking.More places to park.I have had five tickets in town center.So I don’t go there anymore..:

    • Richard Layman on March 3, 2020 at 3:36 pm

      It’s not owned by the City of Rockville, but by Federal Realty, same owners of Bethesda Row.

  8. Stephen Link on March 2, 2020 at 1:07 pm

    I love Gordon Biersch.My German meetup group in Baltimore meets at the Fells Point spot everytime we can.Great German food there.

  9. Pam on March 2, 2020 at 1:44 pm

    Wow !

    • Pam on March 2, 2020 at 1:45 pm

      Sad for employees, they must of known, pay your workers !

  10. Henry M on March 2, 2020 at 2:02 pm

    I do not know whether it is G&B’s customer base, its food fare nor if it was G&B’s service but what I do know is that MoCo’s failure to sunset the Energy Tax. Add to that what former Rockville Representative and now Rockville’s House of Delegate Representatives Julie Palakovich Carr’s Julie’s has sponsored with House Bill 1276 which would give counties the authority to set a progressive property tax rate, with owners of homes of at least 5,000 square feet paying higher rates has anything to do with going out of business. The proposed bill would also apply to commercial and industrial properties. Unfortunately, this business-killing bill is supported by Del. Julie Palakovich Carr, a Democrat who represents Rockville and Gaithersburg and Councilmember Will Jawando. Choices regardless of party affiliation have consequences.

    • bob on March 2, 2020 at 10:39 pm

      henry m…excellent observation…hopefully it will fail

    • Richard Layman on March 3, 2020 at 3:37 pm

      Dozens of GB’s have closed across the country, including 2 in DC, and 1 in Baltimore. Very unlikely it has anything to do with specific taxes in Montgomery County.

      • Dave F on March 9, 2020 at 12:02 pm

        All the GBs that closed were in areas that have increased costs, whether it’s taxes, minimum wage hikes or rent. Restaurants tend to have low margins so I’m guessing it was the wage hike and taxes.

        I don’t think it’s the rent. If it was a rent hike, it would have been known in advance.

    • All Things Go on March 3, 2020 at 10:23 pm

      Orrrr… it was the unpleasant parking and nothing to do with any of the false-narrative gibberish you just wrote.

  11. WokvilleAZN on March 2, 2020 at 3:56 pm

    Rockville Town Center is in a death spiral

  12. Diana on March 2, 2020 at 4:28 pm


  13. Ray & Penny on March 3, 2020 at 8:30 am

    Sad news. We will miss this place and all the great people that work there.

  14. Sophia on May 28, 2020 at 4:11 am

    I am not surprised, Rockville town center is not the point since I can’t remember these is just the beginning because more store will close over there. Sad but everybody knows about the parking is suck, rent high, not enough foot traffic.

  15. John on October 19, 2020 at 4:48 pm

    Covid is going to be hell for a lot of these of these upscale town center bars. Going out for booze at the bar is pretty much a dine in experience and is usually a very social thing where people fight for seats or stand up around the bar and enjoy. Covid is the antithesis to this type of business. It’s not like people are going to get To Go cocktails and beers in plastic (although I have heard some DC bars have been crazy enough to try this).

    As someone who used to really like the social aspect of these bars, it’s going to be tough to see these businesses go down.

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