Mandalay Restaurant and Café will close its Bonifant Street location on October 31, according to an announcement posted on the restaurant’s Facebook page last evening.
“As many things in life at some point things has to come to an end!”, the Facebook post reads. “With hearts full of emotions and sadness we have to announce the bad news about Mandalay! Sad to say that the end of Mandalay at this location will be coming to an end! October 31st will be the end of Mandalay at 930 Bonifant St, Silver Spring, MD 20910.
“The past 20 years has been nothing short of a blessing for the family and so many things to be thankful for. First and foremost the amazing customers that supported us from day one are actually the reasons we have lasted this long. One of the thing[s] we sure will miss is seeing our regulars come through the place. I want to say so many things and most of it is not coming out! Mandalay has been a big factor and part of the family for so long that adjusting will be very hard!”
Mandalay manager Joe Myint confirmed the closure via email, adding that the future is uncertain. “At this time [we are] closing for good. [The] new location is not ready to open and may take about 8 to 10 month[s].”
In December of 2019, the Myints announced their intention to move in August 2020 to a location in Washington D.C. near the former Walter Reed complex at 7302 Georgia Ave. N.W. The Bonifant Street location’s closure was then delayed to the middle of this year. “That is still the plan,” Myint said of the move last year, noting that the family had purchased that building.
As for the near future, some of Mandalay’s menu items will live on at Bandoola Bowl, a quick-serve concept from the Myint family. “The news is sad but we do have some news is that Mandalay will still live [through] a few locations in DC!”, the Facebook announcement continues. “As many of you know the Salads that are produce[d] at Bandoola Bowl (second location opening soon at 2000 Pennsylvania Ave NW) are the same salads with more salad options (please go see bandoolabowl.com for details)! Also we will be announcing details about a new Burmese inspired concept that will be opening very soon. Thank you so much for all the support [throughout] the years from the bottom of our hearts.”
The family-run Burmese restaurant has been in downtown Silver Spring since 2004.
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