Jim Edwards, live music coordinator for the Sunset Grille, says that contrary to, well, a posting on his own club’s Facebook site, the Annandale roots rock, cover band, and karaoke bar is not closing at the end of the month. On Feb. 11, Sunset Grille bartender Jeanie Jensen posted this Feb. 28 “event” message on the Facebook site:
The Grille is going thru harder times than ever, and is VERY close to closing for GOOD! THIS IS NO B.S. people!! We see the end…..and as much as it SUCKS, there is no saving it!! So, come out in the next week or so, and say your goodbyes to the BEST/oldest/most-known for it’s music/R&R bar EVER!!!!!!!!! REALLY? Do you wanna say, “I TRIED to be there before they closed”???????????
“I wouldn’t pay any attention to that,” says Edwards. Jensen also changed her mind. She posted a subsequent message:
HEY ALL!!!! WE ARE OPEN UNTIL OTHERWISE IS TOLD HERE!!!!
When I ask Edwards about bill-paying rumors, he laughs and asked, “Where are you getting this stuff?” Edwards says the 100-capacity bar, which opened in 1989, will continue to feature the Thrillbillys on most Thursdays in its small front room, including tonight. That’s a roots-rock band led by bassist Johnny Castle, who used to play with Bill Kirchen & Too Much Fun and Tex Rubinowitz, and still plays with the Nighthawks, among others. Kirchen and his band used to hold forth every Thursday for years, attracting this divey joint’s trademark mix of bikers, middle-class suburbanites, and blue-collar rural denizens. No matter their background, the Thursday night regulars, now known as Grillbillys, are undoubtedly glad to hear that the sun has not yet set on the Sunset Grille.
Sunset Grille, 7250 Columbia Pike, Annandale, Va. (703) 658-0928
Correction: Johnny Castle still plays with the Nighthawks