ELLICOTT CITY, Md. — Less than six months after being remodeled by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay and featured on his nationally televised show, 24 Hours to Hell and Back, COVID-19 has forced Jaxon Edwin Social House, in Ellicott City to close its doors.
The three floor building on historic Main Street reopened in May but closed back up on July 24, after two customers who'd been at their lounge tested positive for COVID-19.
Jaxon Edwin was known for being many things mixed into one, including its first floor game room and lounge, a second floor bar and nitro coffee house, and third floor vintage style barbershop.
Often times, the business would host live music and events.
But the pandemic was just too much to overcome.
Last Thursday, the owner posted a long message on their Facebook page saying the decision was made because "there are too many things working against us."
The main reason being, the business is only allowed to operate at 50 percent capacity due to county and state health regulations.
However, Jaxon Edwin doesn't own their building and still had to pay 100% of the rent, which they could not afford under the current restrictions.
The owner also expressed fear of guilt if someone else potentially got sick after visiting in the future.
He closed out his message by apologizing.
First to his family for leaving them in what he called "an awful financial situation."
Second to the community, "for not taking the time to get to know you all."
And finally to his customers and staff, "it brings me to tears to know we can’t serve you anymore."
Is there a chance for a return sometime down the road?
"Maybe one day when the world is healthy we can try again, but in the meantime, please stay well."