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Ri Ra Bethesda Closing In September

By Aaron Kraut

Thursday - 5/2/2013, 11:25am  ET

Ri Ra Irish Pub in Bethesda will close in SeptemberRi Ra Irish Pub in Bethesda is closing once its lease ends in September, according to an employee who confirmed an earlier report from Bethesda Magazine.

Manager Paul Corey said the Connecticut-based pub chain, which has locations in 11 other cities including Arlington, Las Vegas and Atlantic City, will leave town when it’s 10-year lease dries up.

He referred other questions to a regional rep who has not returned a request for comment.

Ri Ra (a Gaelic phrase that translates to “uproar,” or “fun and merriment”) became a spot to watch European soccer matches and drew people in with its beer and whiskey samplers.

The bar and restaurant (4931 Elm St.) was named by On Tap Magazine as the best Irish pub in D.C. in 2012.

The property is part of the Shoppes of Bethesda, managed by Rockville-based The Draiman Companies.