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Whitlow's on Wilson closing its doors in June; may reopen at a new location in the future

Whitlow's on Wilson, an institution for many people over the years, is by far one of the more popular bars on the outskirts of the District.
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Whitlow's on Wilson will be closing on June 26, 2021, after being an institution in the Arlington bar and nightlife scene since 1995.

ARLINGTON, Va. — Whitlow’s on Wilson will close on June 26, 2021, after not being able to extend its lease that end that month, according to a Facebook post from the bar/restaurant located in Arlington's Clarendon district.

"We don’t necessarily see this as a goodbye, but more of a see you later," said Whitlow's on Wilson in a statement in regards to finding a new location for its business.

Whitlow’s on Wilson has been family-owned and operated since 1995. The business said it enjoyed being able to stay open during the COVID-19 pandemic to support its employees. 

It is not known if the establishment's closing, or not being able to extend its lease, had anything to do with the financial impacts felt by many DMV businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Whitlow's on Wilson will be closing on June 26, 2021, after being an institution in the Arlington bar and nightlife scene since 1995.

"We invite everyone to drop by and celebrate all the good times that have been had over the course of our 26 years here in Clarendon," said Whitlow's on Wilson in its statement. "We want to take this opportunity to thank our past and present staff for making Whitlow’s the neighborhood gathering spot that it is."

Whitlow's on Wilson, an institution for many people of the years, is by far one of the more popular bars on the outskirts of the District. 

Below is the full statement from Whitlow's on Wilson:

Whitlow’s on Wilson has been family owned and operated since 1995. While it has been an exceedingly difficult year due to Covid-19, thankfully Whitlow’s maintained operations and support for our staff as much as possible. Unfortunately, we have been unable to successfully negotiate an extension for our lease which expires at the end of June 2021. We will continue to operate as we have been; however, we are due to close on Saturday June 26th 2021. We invite everyone to drop by and celebrate all the good times that have been had over the course of our 26 years here in Clarendon.We want to take this opportunity to thank our past and present staff for making Whitlow’s the neighborhood gathering spot that it is. A special shout out to the incredible team that has fought so hard to keep Whitlow’s going during the pandemic, we are beyond grateful. Thank you to the musicians that have played on our stage. To our loyal regulars and guests, we cannot say thank you enough, we could not have done it without you. While, the doors at 2854 Wilson may be closing in June, we are actively looking for a future home. We don’t necessarily see this as a goodbye, but more of a see you later… In the meantime, there are three months left and we are going to make the best of it! We have some good things planned and hope to see all of you soon.
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