Update: it’s going to be a Ri Ra.
GM heard a rumor from a reliable source over the weekend that an Irish pub was planning on taking over the old Mei n Yu space on M St. GM did not learn the exact name of the restaurant, but was informed that it was, sadly, a chain.
While pretty much all chain Irish restaurants lack authenticity, at least some aren’t that bad. Ri Ra and Fado’s come to mind. But many are pretty terrible. Just look down Pennsylvania Ave. to McFadden’s (which, when it opened, the owners laughably tried to claim would not become a college bar).
And there is the execrable Tilted Kilt. Ostensibly a Scottish Hooters, this deep fried testament to the decline of American civilization is really more of an Irish/English pub and simply appropriates Scottish culture for its plaid. (As a grandson of a Scotsman, GM is particularly annoyed that a restaurant trading on his grandfather’s culture doesn’t have the courage to actually serve some of its cuisine.)
Rant aside, it’s interesting that with all its Irish history and many pubs, Georgetown doesn’t have any Irish pubs. Well, none other than Martin’s, which is so far on the other end of the “Irish Pub” spectrum from your average Guinness-ad-saturated chain restaurant that it hardly feels like an Irish pub in the first place.
So there seems to be room for an overly commercialized Irish pub in Georgetown. GM just prays its not that “breasteraunt” Tilted Kilt.