This week for Not So Long Ago, GM dips below M St. for the first time to check out Wisconsin just south of Blues Alley.
Nowadays it hosts the clothing store slash restaurant Rugby Cafe. It is part of Ralph Lauren and is part of the store’s attempt to target the college-crowd. It must be successful since it seems like Brooks Brothers is trying to cater to that crowd too.
In 1993, it hosted the long-lasting Houston’s restaurant. Houston’s was part of a Phoenix-based national chain, that still has locations across the country, including Bethesda.
It was opened at this location in
19931983. It stayed open until 2001. A representative told the Washington Business Journal that “the company was willing to ‘basically bulldoze’ the property and make a $2 million to $4 million investment to start over. Problems ranged from a shaky staircase to plumbing problems. But after two years of ‘vigorously’ negotiating for an extension, the property owners couldn’t commit to a long-term deal.”
Next door is Filomena. They’ve been open since 1983, so no change there.