Young and Hungry

Gillian Clark Targets a March 2011 Opening for the Georgia Ave. Meeting House

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It's been nearly two years since Y&H first reported about Gillian Clark's Petworth project, the Georgia Avenue Meeting House, and since that time the chef's other planned eatery, Avenue Oven in Takoma Park, has gone the way of the Adventists.

Given the lack of news about the Georgia Avenue Meeting House, I'd begun to fear that it, too, may have suffered a premature death. Not so, Clark told me today.

"The ball is rolling," Clark says, "but very slowly."

She and her business partner, Robin Smith, lost almost a year to arranging the financing. Apparently the partners' funding source kept dragging out the process until one day, via e-mail, Clark and Smith learned that the source had dried up.

Clark says they now have the money, which will start rolling in once D.C. issues a building permit. Assuming she gets her permits in a timely manner, Clark thinks construction will not take long and fully expects a March 2011 opening date.

The restaurant will serve genuine soul food, Clark tells me with no small amount of irony. Everyone thinks the General Store, her American-oriented eatery in Silver Spring, already serves soul food, but now she finally will. Look for turtle soup, catfish, and frog legs, among other specialties, on Clark's menu.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

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  • Golden Silence

    I was wondering what was going on with this restaurant! Thanks for the update.

  • Pat

    These two deadbeats have cheated their former landlord who owned the building in Silver Spring which housed The General Store. They pocketed most of the rent they were supposed to pay him, and left owing him several hundred thousand dollars.

    No one will EVER let the two get their hands on a nickel ever again.

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