The restaurant has been a popular Potomac River fixture.

Today is a bad day for old favorites. Acclaimed dance music group Daft Punk broke up today after 28 years together, and now another 28-year-old favorite says goodbye: beloved NoVa restaurant Tim’s Rivershore Restaurant and Crab House. Just outside Dumfries, Virginia, the longtime Potomac River staple is closing after SunCal, the developer for the Potomac Shores community, informed owner Tim Bauckman to say the lease would not be renewed. 

It's been a rocky road for Tim’s Rivershore Restaurant and Crab House since 2003 when damage from Hurricane Isabel (and, Bauckman says, Prince William County) compelled Bauckman to sell the restaurant property to former owners, which eventually lead to SunCal's ownership. Despite the restaurant's popularity, with over 1,400 Google reviews and over 4 stars, as Bauckman told InsideNoVa, "I learned a long time ago dealing with these developers that everybody has a vision. That’s the reality.” 

However, in Bauckman's own words, "I don’t think we’ve been anything but good for the community over the years," with InsideNoVa pointing out that "the restaurant has been the site of local Polar Plunge events for years, as well as a contributor to local schools and other charitable causes." If you'd like to show your support for Tim's before it closes, it will be open on weekends for the rest of February and through March. And if you need to sate your Tim's craving after that, the beloved restaurant has two other locations, at Fairview Beach in King George County and Lake Anna in Mineral. 

A group of people is trying to save Tim's, and on Thursday, February 25, they're holding a strategy meeting (via Zoom) to save the restaurant. Sign up here!

We'll be sad to see Tim's restaurant go—and their home-cooked seafood with them. What's your favorite memory at Tim's? Let us know in the comments.