Young and Hungry

86 the Whole Place

D.C. has seen a rash of high-profile restaurants shutter over the past couple months. Rising rents and a boom of competition mean if you can’t get Washington’s discerning diners to eat, you’ll be eaten. Restaurant lifespans, after all, are notoriously short even in good times. (Restaurant years are kind of like dog years in that way.) Here’s a look at some of the establishments that have closed or are closing soon, and how long they lasted:

Meatballs
624 E St. NW
8 months

Casa Nonna
1250 Connecticut Ave. NW
1 year, 9 months

Buddha Bar
455 Massachusetts Ave. NW
2 years, 1 month

Current Sushi
1215 Connecticut Ave. NW
3 years, 2 months

Potenza
1430 H St. NW
3 years, 4 months

3 Bar & Grill
2950 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington
4 years, 8 months

Zola
800 F St. NW
10 years

Capital Q BBQ
707 H St. NW
15 years

Armand’s Pizzeria
4231 Wisconsin Ave. NW
37 years

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Comments

  1. #1

    It's not always about rent and competition. Often, owners and investors decide its time to collect their earnings and move on to another restaurant. Places like Current or stupidly named Buddha bar are never intended to be long-term establishments. The next investors will go in, remodel, rename, but still essentially be the same place. In Current's case, a lounge/night club that serves sushi. Do you remember what Current was before it was Current?

  2. #2

    "Restaurant lifespans, after all, are notoriously short even in good times."

    This gets repeated ad nauseum, but I've never actually seen someone back it up with facts. It seems like it could be a common misconception that no one bothers to look into; like the belief that searing meat seals in it's juices.

  3. #3

    current was dragonfly before it changed, and it didn't change much beyond its color scheme. i happened to be at current on its last day and the staff told me it's changing into an all-lounge mode, the way the upstairs is now. sort of supports creativemeat's argument.

  4. #4

    Good riddance to Buddha Bar, pretty funny that on the way out they tried to blame DC for not getting their concept. Oooh poor Claude.

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