It’s lights out for a Washington, D.C.-based restaurant chain’s lone Richmond-area location.
Matchbox American Kitchen + Spirits abruptly ceased operations this week at its Short Pump restaurant at 11720 W. Broad St., less than three years after it built the outpost from scratch.
A spokeswoman representing the chain confirmed the closure in an email Tuesday afternoon, saying, “Matchbox made the difficult decision to close its Short Pump location and refocus its attention on expansion within the DMV region, including new locations in Northern Virginia.”
Ty Neal, one of the founders and owners of Matchbox, did not return a call or email for comment.
Matchbox maintains nine restaurants in the greater Washington, D.C. area, including a new restaurant set to open in D.C.’s Penn Quarter neighborhood. It also owns additional outposts in Texas and Florida.
The company first opened its two-story, 7,000-square-foot Short Pump restaurant in September 2016 on a prominent outparcel once occupied by Chili’s near the entryway to Short Pump Town Center.
Matchbox leased the property from the group that owns the mall, consisting of Australia-based investment firm QIC and local developer Pruitt Associates.
Short Pump Town Center General Manager Kem Blue said in an email Tuesday that the ownership group is working to fill the shuttered building, although he would not discuss specifics.
“We will replace Matchbox with a new and different concept that will complement and enhance our current merchandise mix,” Blue said.