A recent Shaw neighborhood addition is already closing it’s doors later this week.
The largely empty Mandalay plans to close its doors after Thursday, according to the Washington City Paper. The article went on to say Aung Myint, restaurant owner, says he has to return to Burma to take care of some family businesses and could be away for as little as six months or as long as a few years.
The 70 seat Burmese style restaurant has been open since September of last year. Many Shaw and Mt. Vernon neighborhood residents who have walked by the establishment say they rarely see more than eight or nine people in at a time.
“I have lived in the area for five years,” said Henry Cross, “and I don’t think I’ve seen more than a few people there a night. Most times I just see a couple of staff people sitting and doing nothing.”
Chelsea Davenport said, “The Shaw neighborhood is going through a lot of changes and when I saw Mandalay open, I was happy to see it. I’ll also admit that I’m sad to see that it is going away. I haven’t seen many people inside, but I hope what ever other business comes in this place, it is able to bring in more customers.”