The Blue Rock Inn is closing down its restaurant Dec. 28.
The decision to close the restaurant — but keep open the five-room B&B and its wedding-and-event trade — was made earlier this month by the family of owner Said Hawa of McLean, said an inn spokesperson on Monday.
Reasons influencing the family’s decision, the spokesperson said, include the approach of the slowest dining-out season of the year (the Blue Rock usually closes down for the month of January) and a possible impending change of ownership. (The entire 85-acre Blue Rock property, which includes the inn and restaurant, gardens, stables, a house and other structures — including a polo practice arena — has been for sale since late summer.)
Also, Blue Rock chef John Moss and his wife, Maureen, who manages the 65-seat dining room, are leaving soon to open their own restaurant, Moonshadows, in downtown Luray.
Hawa, who told the Rappahannock News in 2010 that he first fell in love with the Blue Rock Inn when he stopped there one day in 2008 to use the bathroom, discovered after returning home that the then-bankrupt and struggling inn was for sale. He bought it and completely renovated it, reopening in April 2010 with five B&B rooms, a formal dining room and a smaller pub. The patio behind the pub still offers one of the county’s loveliest views, looking west across horse pastures and a former vineyard to the Blue Ridge beyond.
The last day for the dining room and pub is Dec. 28. The B&B and wedding operation will be run by longtime Blue Rock staffer Donna Rose.