Popular D.C. Burger Joint Forced to Shut Down

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ARLINGTON, Va. (CBSDC) — One of the D.C. area’s iconic burger joints is no more.

Ray’s Hell-Burger, where the likes of President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and the Russian president have gone for a juicy burger, has been shut down after failing to pay its rent.

Arlington County General District Court on Feb. 8 served an eviction notice to the restaurant, located in the Colonial Village Shopping Center along Wilson Boulevard in Arlington, for unpaid rent and ordered owner Michael Landrum to pay more than $39,000 in overdue rent and damages.

Landrum was served notice last month that he had five days to pay more than $21,000 in fees to the landlord, or default the terms of the lease. The extra $18,000 was tacked on during court proceedings.

Another Landrum-owned restaurant, Ray’s Hell-Burger Too — which doubles as Nice ‘n’ Greasy Steak ‘n’ Cheesy — also has been shut down and large ‘For Rent’ signs currently hang in the windows of both restaurants. The chef’s third restaurant, Ray’s to the Third, still is open across the street from the original burger joint.

Ray’s Hell-Burger earned national and international fame when Obama ate there with Biden in 2009 and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in 2010.

WNEW’s Cameron Thompson contributed to this report. Follow him on Twitter.

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