- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 6, 2019

The Greene Turtle will leave its familiar spot inside Capital One Arena.

The local sports bar and grille chain announced Wednesday it accepted a lease buyout to leave Capital One Arena with three years left on its lease at the home of the Washington Wizards and Capitals.

Monumental Sports and Entertainment, which owns the arena and the teams, plans to build a “proprietary business concept” on that side of the building in the Greene Turtle’s place, according to a press release.

Wizards and Capitals fans still have time to enjoy the Greene Turtle during the 2018-19 NBA and NHL seasons. The restaurant will operate as usual through April 9, when the Wizards’ regular season concludes.

During the postseason, the establishment will run “The Shell Raiser Lounge” at home games, which will serve fans food and drinks in an “open gathering space.” After that, it will fully vacate while remaining one of Monumental’s advertising partners.

The Greene Turtle has been a fixture at the arena since 2007. The restaurant has 45 locations, primarily clustered in Maryland, Virginia and the District.

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