Posted by Carten Cordell / Tuesday, March 19th, 2013
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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