Extra Virgin Closes, La Tagliatella to Open in its Place

Posted by / Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Courtesy of Mary Sue Flory

Extra Virgin, an Italian restaurant in Shirlington, has announced it will be closing today. Owner Shary Thur, 50, cites not being able to keep up with the rent costs in Arlington as the reason for Extra Virgin’s shutter. After eight and a half years at the restaurant, Thur is optimistic about the future—and is already thinking about her next project.

Thur opened the space in June 2005 after spending $2 million in construction costs. “I wanted to create an upscale restaurant, so people wouldn’t have to go to D.C. for fine dining and live jazz. We even had valet parking…I tried everything,” says Thur, her voice breaking.

Thur realized the restaurant would close last week and is already selling the restaurant’s furniture, letting a $530 chair go for $60 to a passerby.

After the economy tanked, Thur found it difficult to keep up with the high rent demands and low customer volume.

The news also comes one year after Extra Virgin hired chef, Scott Jenkins, an 18-year veteran of the kitchen, including stints at Dan & Brad’s, O’Malley’s.

However, Thur isn’t giving up just yet. “I’d love to open another Extra Virgin and buy a building where the rent isn’t so high,” says Thur, saying her next move would most likely be in downtown D.C. or the Chevy Chase area.

The future of 4053 Campbell Ave. is already spoken for: Italian restaurant chain La Tagliatella is moving in, confirmed a representative. La Tagliatella will also open a branch in Clarendon on April 1.

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2 Responses

AJM Says:

So, La Tagliatella is a chain — SHOCKER!

One of the many problems of the DC area restaurant scene is that Italian food places have neither Italian(-American) owners nor chefs. As a former, long-time New Yorker, this makes a HUGE difference in the quality/authenticity of food, service, and ambience. No wonder so many “top” restaurants in this region are corporate/nationwide chains. This is very shameful for our nation’s capital and a so-called “great city.”

Getting used to gastronomic disappointment,
AJM (Current Shirlington area resident)

Stefanie Gans, Dining Editor Says:

AJM – I feel you on being bummed about a chain moving into Shirlington. Why do you think indie restos can’t survive in Shirlie?

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