The closing was a surprise to people like HowICook, who commented that he went for dinner Monday night and found the doors locked:
What's going on at Jordan's in Ellicott City? I made reservations on open table for 6:30 PM today for a special birthday dinner. We arrived and the doors were locked with a couple of signs saying 'No trespassing... locked by the order of the landlord...'. There was no sign of any life. I tried the phone # and no answer. Maybe, it's just a utility problem.
On Tuesday, Wordbones reported on Tales of Two Cities that Jordan's and its landlord are in a rent dispute:
Jordan [Naftel] told me he is attempting to reach some sort of an accommodation that will allow the upscale Main Street steakhouse to reopen but until then he says he is busy trying to get the Maple Lawn location ready for a November opening.
(Update: Check out the links in the comments below. Based on those stories, it sounds like Jordan's had a long term issue with the landlord. Sounds like Naftel was dealing with that even while he announcing a new location in the former Oz Chophouse at Maple Lawn. That might be the start of a local chain, or it might be a way for Naftel to decamp from Ellicott City for a new restaurant.)