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Mike Isabella to Revamp Hook as Mexican Restaurant

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Several news outlets reported yesterday that star of Top Chef and owner of the new downtown Italian restaurant Graffiato, Mike Isabella, is going to take over Jonathan Umbel’s Hook. The Post explains:

The fire that destroyed Hook in Georgetown in June gave owner Jonathan Umbel some time to think about how to restructure his upscale seafood establishment in a down economy, and he came up with what sounds like a fail-safe — if about-face — plan: “I’m converting Hook into a modern Mexican restaurant,” he announced today, and installing “a local chef who’s really hot right now:” Mike Isabella , the former Top Chef contestant and the visionary behind Graffiato in Chinatown.

The small-plates concept will be called Bandolero, and Umbel’s hope is to have the 5,000-square foot space open as early as February.

Isabella is the real deal (and a top contender on what GM thinks was the best season of Top Chef). And it’s a real catch for Georgetown to be the location of his next venture. But there’s a bit of a let down behind this. Continue reading

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Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

  • Carol Joynt reports that Scheele’s might close by the end of November. No word on whether the new landlord plans to bring in a new market.
  • On the good news (but not as good as the previous news was bad) Hook has a sign up in its window saying they’ll be open soon.

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Bonjour Georgetown, et joyeux 14 Juillet! Voici les nouvelles:

  • Too late now, but apparently the Safeway hosted a beer tasting yesterday. Hopefully they’ll do that again in the future (and give us a little more heads up).
  • Tacklebox will be open in a few months, Hook should take a lot longer.

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Not So Long Ago: M and Potomac

This week in Not So Long Ago, GM stops by M St. and Potomac. Nowadays its home to Jonathan Umbel’s two successful restaurants, Hook and Tacklebox (or what a friend of GM calls, respectively, “Fish” and “Lobster”).

Eighteen years ago, the Tacklebox space was occupied by the dearly beloved Georgetown Bagelry. This bagel shop opened up shop on M St. in the 1980s. It stayed open here until 2007 (or maybe 2008, GM can’t quite remember). True devotees can still get their Georgetown Bagel fix at the remaining Bethesda location. (GM also thinks he heard once that Booeymonger carried them too, but he’s not certain about that).

Next door, it appears that in 1993 the space was occupied by an electronics store and a jewelers. These stores were eventually replaced by Cilantro, a Spanish tapas restaurant. Cilantro itself closed up shop in 2007 to make room for Hook.

A while back, Jonathan Umbel floated the idea to purchase the cigar store next to Tacklebox and turn it into a high end butcher. The plans for the property sale fell through and Umbel gave up on the idea. Of course, after the recent fire, Hook and Tacklebox are out of commission indefinitely. So Umbel obviously has other things to worry about than further expansion. Continue reading

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Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

  • There was a large fire in Tackle Box’s kitchen yesterday. Word is that it started from a lit cigarette. The owner, Jonathan Umbel, said that both Tackle Box and Hook will be closed “indefinitely”. Bad news, all around.
  • The comments section of this blog are a good example of what GM calls the “Georgetown thing”.

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Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

  • A few more details on Hook’s new Crackle space and its happy hour. (GM just realized that the space they turned into Crackle is where he had his Rehearsal Dinner. He’s not sure how he feels about that).
  • The Georgetown Mall: the loneliest place in Georgetown. Carol Joynt wonders whether anything can be done. Turn over the keys to Anthony Lanier, says GM.

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Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

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Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

  • Want to help the Haitians? Go to the Red Cross and donate. This has nothing to do with Georgetown, but it’s just the right thing to do.
  • Georgetown goes one-for-two in Tom Sietsema’s chat.
  • Philly Pizza to remain open at least until February 9th.

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Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

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Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

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