An Update on Upcoming Majestic Bar and Grill in Bethesda

Golf-watching parties and gastropub cuisine are part of the plan at the yet-to-open sports bar in the former Gaffney’s space.

By: Anna Spiegel

Gaffney's will re-open as the Majestic, a sports bar/gastropub. Photograph courtesy of Gaffney's via Facebook.

Early in January, a Bethesda Magazine blog reported that Gaffney’s had closed and was being replaced by an eatery called the Majestic Bar & Grill. Since then, there haven’t been many details other than a faux-news interview posted on the upcoming restaurant’s door and website. So we checked in with PR spokesman Jeff Wyatt for an update.

Wyatt said first-time restaurant owner Stefan Lalos is planning a sports bar and grill theme, but that the target audience is Bethesda’s thirtysomething-plus population looking for a quieter “gastropub” atmosphere with watch parties organized around golf tournaments (Lalos is a fan). Wyatt says they’ve picked a local chef who’ll create a “creative American” menu for the space, but the Majestic team wouldn’t release a name or offer up any menu details. One of the biggest draws at Gaffney’s was the airy back patio; there’s a possibility that it will be expanded at the Majestic.

There is some local controversy surrounding the name, but Wyatt says Lalos borrowed the title from the Pittsburgh-area bar his grandfather ran after immigrating to America in the 1930s, not the popular Alexandria restaurant.

Check back in with us for details in the coming weeks.