The restaurant opened in February 2011 but served its final diners last night. Owner Prat Uthes says Burapa struggled to find a steady customer base in a very competitive area, despite running a number of Groupons and other “daily deals.”
“The reason is tough economy and I can not compete with this location,” she told ARLnow.com. “Too many restaurants in the area and rent is too high.”
Still, Uthes said closing was a tough decision.
“I am so sad to leave this area,” she said. “I love all customers.”
Uthes said the Burapa Thai location in Lansdowne will remain open, and she’s planning to open a new location in Haymarket.
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