Tim Carman reported in the Post yesterday that the longtime standby, the Guards, was closing temporarily, with the chance it might close for good. Carman wrote:
Owner Hossein Shirvani is apparently locked in lease negotiations with the landlord. The issue is supposed to be resolved soon. If The Guards wins the battle of wills with the landlord, it will likely close for renovations before reopening, Salcedo says.
GM hopes that this squabble will pass without taking down a landmark. He has fond memories of the place, and he’s surely not alone.
Carman noted that the Guards has been open since 1966. That got GM wondering if there are any longer standing Georgetown restaurants. He immediately remembered that Martins has been open since 1933, which takes the cake for Georgetown, as far as GM can figure. But what other restaurants are older than the Guards?
- Blue’s Alley – 1965
- Clydes – 1963
- 1789 – 1962
- Tombs – 1962
- Mr. Smith’s – circa 1962
That’s all that GM can think of, is he missing any?
Also, it’s not a restaurant per se, but Scheele’s beats all of these places with an opening date of 1894.