I visited the Crystal City Bailey’s for the first time the Saturday before last. I use “visited” loosely. As depressing as the Ballston location.
@Hank—I’m just glad I got out of there before he came. Or, dare I say, “pulled out” before he came! WOMP WOMP
I went to Bailey’s in CC when I lived there in 2008-9. Great place to see games and good deals on beers. But my burger was awful. I returned a few months later, figuring that was an aberration. Ordered fish & chips. Not only was the fish frozen Gorton’s fish sticks, they hadn’t bothered to thaw it completely. Needless to say, I never returned, except when following a group to catch a game or meeting there for a reunion. Even then, I never ate.
Just wondering: did the food improve during my absence? If not, I’m astonished it stayed open as long as it did.
The Bailey’s chain is owned by the Fox and Hound Restaurant Group. F&H also operates the Champps sports bar/restaurant chain. F&H has been closing a lot of Champps locations across the country this year. I’ve read about Champps closings in Colorado, Ohio, Illinois and perhaps other states. The Pentagon Row location seems to be safe, for now. But any fans should be aware of all the closings throughout the F&H group.
I’m not a fan of Champps myself or of Bailey’s. The Ballston location was OK. I went there a few times during the 1st season that the Nats were here, because MASN broadcasts weren’t available on Comcast yet. I only went to the CC location a couple times. I couldn’t stand the smoke, so I never returned. There are plenty of similar places in the area that aren’t smoke-filled. I’m not surprised that the CC location closed.
@barticus—I ordered a bleu cheese burger at Crystal City in mid-2012 and it was actually pretty good. I’ve ordered a wider range food at Ballston, though, and I’ve found it to be wildly inconsistent. Once, I ordered the best (not an exaggeration—the breading and composition were textbook quality) onion rings I’ve ever had. The next time, they were overdone; charred and barely palatable. I kept coming back (clearly says a lot about how picky I am) but in Ballston, I guess it really depends on who’s in the kitchen.
Baileys used to be a local spot great on Fridays for happy hour, how things have changed.
B_Lee_D pointed out in the A-Town story comments that the parent company of Bailey’s declared bankruptcy recently: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/sports-bar-operator-fox-hound-040903894.html.
Maybe they will simply close the Ballston location after all, instead of moving to UJ’s spot…
Yeah… looks like they’re liquidating their assets as well.
I was wondering the same about Baileys though. I can’t imagine them following through on the build out at UJs.
Wow, my original suspicions might have been right. Wonder of wonders. I supect if a corporation knows it’s going to declare bankruptcy but hasn’t announced it yet, they sell the most valuable assets first, so the executives have cash to pay themselves big bonuses before the whole thing caves in. Well played!
Well, it finally happened. Yesterday the Ballson location shut down. My friend who worked there says they asked all the servers to close out their checks during yesterday’s lunch shift and told everyone to leave. Then they sent out an email to the staff later in the day to tell the employees to come collect any personal items.
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