First it was Gallery Restaurant and Lounge in 2010, then Babe's Sports Bar in 2012 and now after less than a year, Fajita Coast has succumbed to the fate of the establishments that came before it at 115 East West Highway.
The restaurant announced on its Facebook page Monday that it would be closing its doors for good.
Fajita Coast, which survived for a relatively long time in restaurant years at its original location in Four Corners, was forced to move to this location last year after a reported dispute with its landlord.
The explanation provided for its closure was "difficult economic times", but let's be honest - it's that the location sucks. Granted, their old spot in a small Four Corners shopping strip may not have been ideal either, but at least then it had its own (albeit small) parking lot and was centered in a suburban area that provided it with a steady stream of family business. In the handful of times I patronized their original location, the place always seemed to be full of kids. It probably had trouble retaining its customer base after the move, as residents of Woodmoor and Four Corners might not be inclined to deal with downtown Silver Spring traffic on a weekday evening.
There's plenty of residential units close by on EW Highway, but the solution for attracting nearly residents to that space on a consistent basis has yet to be discovered. Clearly a family dining establishment or a sports bar isn't it. No doubt a new tenant will be found who will be willing to make a go of it, and it will be interesting to see how their plans pan out. History just isn't on their side.
I do feel bad for Fajita Coast, as they probably didn't deserve to fail perhaps as much as their predecessors may have.