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The saga of Ray’s Hell Burger continues: Just two weeks after closing his Arlington location, owner Michael Landrum is asking a bankruptcy court to void that restaurant’s lease at 1650 Wilson Blvd.
The request is part of a bankruptcy proceeding that began in October when MLRG Inc., whose principal is well-known restaurateur Landrum, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The company owes $301,148 to WRIT Limited Partnership, a Washington REIT affiliate that owns 1650 Wilson, according to the reorganization plan MLRG filed May 23, and MLRG filed a motion to reject the lease, saying it is “an ancillary operation and is a drain on income and resources” and “not necessary” for its business operations.
Landrum, best known for his flagship Ray’s the Steaks in Courthouse, has run a restaurant in the Rosslyn location since 2011, when he opened Ray’s to the Third. He added his signature burger offerings to the venue later, eventually converting the entire restaurant to Ray’s…
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