Young and Hungry

Lots of Restaurant Closures This Week

Last week, Casa Nonna ended its two-year run. Then yesterday, 37-year-old Armand's Pizza announced plans to close on June 30. The restaurant gods must be angry, because today brought even more bad news: reports that bacon-centric American eatery Restaurant 3 (rebranded as 3 Bar & Grill) in Clarendon will shut down after tonight. Just down the street, Market Tavern shuttered two weeks earlier.

Y&H has also learned that Litestars at 2101 L St. NW is now closed. No word yet as to the reason.

And lastly, the blog Frozen Tropics brings word that Fruit Bat on H Street plans to close on June 9. But (good news!) it plans to reopen with a new concept on July 1. You can follow its progress on Twitter @mysterybardc. Stop by from next Tuesday until closing day for $4 Summer Punch all night and $5 for every other drink from 5-7 p.m.

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  • The Java Master

    It takes too much cash and too much work for any of these places to make a real run at it...once the inital trends or features that made a restaurant or cafe attractive loses their shine, its hard to make a comeback, especially when other new places pop up at regular intervals. The eating/drinking public is very fickle. The lifespan of many start-up small businesses is only about 3 years anyway. To make it to 2 years is a small accomplishment.

  • pete gripper

    Who cares! Armand's was a fake Chitown pizza joint anyway! Good riddens!

  • The Rentman

    When Armands came on the scene back in the mid 1970's their pizza was great, but QC has gone down in recent years. I was in there two years ago, and swore I would never return. It's sad, but I guess businesses go thru a cycle and that's just the way it is.

  • seeseehpounder

    I ordered quite a bit from Armond's and each time the driver got lost. It was very annoying. They would call after about 45 minutes and ask for directions. That's why they are going out of business. I tend to order about 15 pizzas a day. 2 for breakfast, 4 for lunch, 7 for supper and then two 10 minutes before they close. You would think the drivers would remember how to get to my house and want to make it quick so they can collect their $2 worth of tips for the day. If they call me I drop their tip to a nickle. I also photocopy their coupons and use them each time. Just my ordering alone should have kept them in business, so do the math people. I stopped ordering from them 4 months ago and now they are closing. Since I stopped ordering from them I began ordering mozzarella sticks from Joe's. I would guess that I eat 200 sticks a day and always get extra dipping sauce. It's very good. My niece came over and had a couple with me the other and found a dead cat under my couch. It was weird, because I don't remember ever having a cat. But here's the funniest part; the dead cat was in an Armand's box. Like I said, I stopped ordering from them 4 months ago so the cat has been under there for a while. I tend to only get up to answer the door when my pizza or mozzarella sticks arive so it would seem like I would notice the smell being right on top of for roughly 23.75 hours a day. I guess, that's just god's way of telling me to get a cat. If anyone knows of a cat delivery place please let me know.

  • J

    Paprazzi in Georgetown also closed :(

  • maktoo

    Litestars was a disappointment - their "tartlets" were some pizza-like dough filled with vegetables or meats. That's it. It was tasty, but like toast, and not too filling.

  • Jenny

    I was once dragged to Restaurant 3 and had some of the least imaginative, most average-tasting sad pasta I've seen in Arlington.

  • jofawan

    Litestars forgot about flavor from the day they opened; no salt, and not anything to give the food flavor. I can't believe they stayed open for as long as they did.

    The restaurant biz looks glamorous, but most people underestimate the amount of work required, or think you can hire managers who care; demonstrably not.

  • Joe

    I work around the block and I've been waiting for Litestars to close since they opened. The food didn't taste good, it didn't look good and it was expensive. Their closing had nothing to do with fickle customers or the economy - it was an OK concept with terrible execution, which is unfortunate because it was a waste of what must have been a pretty sizable investment.

    Anyone out there with a better idea for the space? There is a huge weekday lunch market, plus GW and high end residential on weekends. Indian? Pizza? Vietnamese? Something like Luna cafe with better lighting? Tables outside? Please no more burgers, yogurt, salads or burritos - we're saturated!

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