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Red Tomato Cafe Closes Amid Construction Controversy

by Aaron Kraut — January 22, 2014 at 1:30 pm 1,387 8 Comments

Red Tomato is closed in Woodmont TriangleA Bethesda favorite closed this week because of what its landlord says is permanent structural damage to its building.

Red Tomato Cafe (4910 St Elmo Ave.) posted a sign on its front window that announced it is closed for business.

Green Tomato LLC, the owner of the building, is suing the developer and construction company at the Bainbridge Bethesda apartment site next door. Green Tomato claims foundation work at the site caused significant structural damage to its buildings and ongoing construction activity means unsafe conditions for its tenants.

Last week, a representative at Green Tomato said Red Tomato and co-tenant BCC Automotive would likely have to leave their spaces by March 1.

Red Tomato, owned by Potomac resident Fay Namin, apparently decided to make that move earlier. Namin could not be immediately reached for comment on Wednesday.

The construction of the 17-story, 200-unit apartment building caused the same landlord to move popular lunchtime restaurant Fresh Grill out of its space on Fairmont Avenue in 2012. That building is still sealed off and Fresh Grill filed suit late last year against the developer, construction company and landlord, claiming the series of events led to it going out of business.

  • Lizbien1

    Please find out if this will re-open!! Best Pizza in th area and one of my favorite restaurants.

  • Please!

    This place was great! We had company lunches there all the time. I think you should suggest they move to the open storefront on St. Elmo where the french bistro used to be!

  • kbaker

    I agree they should reopen in a new location!

  • Lizbien1

    Any updates on the restaurant?

  • Diana Russell

    This is very upsetting that Bainbridge has done this to two restaurants. We loved Red Tomato- great food, great ambiance, and so family-friendly. By the way, in the interest of accuracy, I’m pretty sure Fresh Grill was on Fairmont. It WOULD be great if they could find a new location!!!

  • Lizbien1

    Is there anyway to contact Green Tomato LLC? Please ask them to keep their loyal customers informed of their future.

  • Terri Reiskin

    I was so sad to find out that Red Tomato has closed. It has been one of our very favorite restaurants for several years now. PLEASE, PLEASE reopen nearby soon!!

  • Serena

    I hope Red Tomato can reopen somewhere! My parents and I have been going there since it first opened, when I was 6. It is a staple of my childhood and part of what Bethesda means to me. Please reopen!

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