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Yesterday, when writing about Mie n Yu closing, GM was perhaps a bit harsh about the Georgetown restaurant scene. He wrote: “Only two noteworthy restaurants opened in Georgetown in ten years and now they’re both gone.”
Some commenters pointed out that a few more well regarded restaurants have opened over that time. Here are a few of them:
- Bourbon Steak
- Farmers Fishers & Bakers (nee Agraria)
- Kafe Leopold
- Cafe Bonaparte
That’s a pretty good collection. Hopefully we’ll add a few more soon, including Malmaison. So, considering we live under the double weights of high rents and the liquor license moratorium–plus the increased competition from U St., 14th St. and downtown–we’re doing alright.
Or are we?
As pointed out by Washingtonian, the Georgetown restaurant scene has been hit with a series of closures recently. They include:
- Pappa Razzi
- Pizzeria Uno
- Citronelle (we’ll see if they reopen)
- La Madeline (ditto)
- The Guards
- Fino Italian Restaurant
So, it’s a bit of a mixed bag. Last year a bunch of new liquor licenses were released into the moratorium zone. Unfortunately, most of them ended up just sitting in the pockets of speculators. Now new restaurants need to buy the licenses off the secondary market where they cost as much as $80,000. So any new restaurant will have to come with deep pockets.