Georgetown, Twenty-One Years Ago

A reader sent GM a great snapshot of Georgetown’s recent past. It’s a visitor’s guide for the neighborhood from 1998-99. It was produced by the Georgetown Business and Professional Association, which is now known as the Georgetown Business Association.

Here’s the other side:

A surprising number of shops, restaurants or hotels listed are still around. They include:

  • Riverside Grille
  • Sequoia
  • Tony & Joes
  • Martin’s
  • Georgetown Tobacco
  • Patagonia (although it recently moved locations)
  • Peacock Cafe
  • Chaumiere
  • Georgetown Opticians
  • The Phoenix
  • Cafe Milano
  • Filomena
  • Seasons
  • Haagen Dazs
  • 1789
  • Clyde’s
  • The Tombs
  • Blues Alley
  • Four Season’s Hotel
  • Georgetown Inn
  • Georgetown Suites
  • GU Conference Center
  • Cherub Antiques
  • Keith Lipert (new location)
  • Gore Dean Antiques (new location)
  • Bridge Street Books
  • Susquehanna Antique Company
  • Franklin National Bank/BB&T

Sadly the list of closed establishments is even longer:

  • Hisago
  • TCBY yogurt
  • Cabo
  • Harbour Cafe
  • Harbour Convenience
  • Old Print Gallery
  • Pleasure Palace
  • Paolo’s
  • Old Glory
  • J. Paul’s
  • Eddie Bauer
  • Washington Pen Company
  • Affiches de Monde
  • Mendocino Grille
  • Dean and Deluca
  • Citronelle
  • Pizzeria Uno
  • Martin’s of Georgetown (different from the tavern, appears to have been an art gallery)
  • Luciano’s Cafe
  • Busara
  • Sea Catch
  • Third Edition
  • Garrett’s
  • Bistro Francais
  • Benihana
  • Japan Inn
  • Houston’s
  • Tahoga
  • Vintage
  • Cafe La Ruche
  • Hunan Peking
  • Il Radicchio
  • One Hour MotoPhoto
  • Dream Dresser
  • Georgetown Station
  • HMV Records
  • Georgetown Dutch Inn
  • The Latham Hotel
  • Dunnan’s
  • Galerie Lareuse
  • Janis Aldridge
  • Kelsey’s Kupboard
  • Michael Getz Antiques
  • Miller and Arney
  • Georgetown Park Mall
  • The Old Forest Bookshop
  • Yes! Bookshop
  • First Union Bank (became Wachovia)
  • Riggs Bank (became PNC)

Click on the photos to enlarge to see a little more info on each of these establishments.

The funny thing to GM is how hard the brochure was leaning into schmaltzy history, in a real Ye Olde Georgetowne, sort of way.The neighborhood businesses (by way of the BID now) obviously still put history front and center, but perhaps out of a fear of seeming too musty, it doesn’t make it so old timey.

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