The rough streak continues for the G.R.E.A.T. Grille Group aka g3 Restaurants. Just a month after sister-restaurant Indianapolis Colts Grille shut its door, the Washington Redskins restaurant, Hail & Hog, has closed.
The bar inside Hail & Hog before it shut down on Tuesday
Opening in May of 2016, the Ashburn, VA restaurant failed to hit the mark on its rookie year and couldn’t make it to its second football season. The restaurant featured two distinct levels to provide separate experiences for guests. A downstairs that offered more upscale dining and a sports bar atmosphere upstairs complete with a second-floor patio.
The sign posted on Hail & Hog on Tuesday with "apologize" & "inconvenience" misspelled
The Hail & Hog website and social media pages have been shut down, and a sign was left on the door.
The restaurant was having trouble from the very beginning with slow sales and bad reviews specifically from the Washington Post. Like its football team, the restaurant struggled to meet expectations during the season as well. Writing was on the wall when Hail & Hog filed for bankruptcy come postseason in January. It only seemed a matter of time before Hail & Hog would close for good.
It wasn’t just regular customers who found frustrations with Hail & Hog. Redskins QB Kirk Cousins couldn’t even get a table.
In a brief statement, Washington Redskins official Tony Wyllie said, "We’re disappointed in the outcome, and we wish them (g3 Restaurants) luck in the future." The restaurant was a licensing play for the team and did not have any ownership in it.
This was the third NFL team-themed restaurant for g3 Restaurants which included both Hail & Hog, the previously mentioned Indianapolis Colts Grille as well as the Houston Texans Grille. The Texans Grille closed two days after Super Bowl LI in Houston earlier this year.
The once promising and ambitious restaurant company has scaled back to its original two locations, Jerome Bettis’ Grille 36 in Pittsburgh’s North Shore and Eddie George’s Grille 27 in its new location in Grandview Yard in Columbus, Ohio.
Sources close to the situation have stated that the new vacancy will not be empty for long. Walk-Ons, the company led by New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees, will be taking over the venue. This would be Walk-On’s first location in the Washington D.C. market. One of the owners of Hail & Hog has become part-franchisor of the D.C. location.