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This week on Not So Long Ago, GM stops by an old favorite for a lot of Georgetowners: the late Au Pied du Cochon.
Au Pied du Cochon means “With a Pig’s Foot”. The Georgetown location was probably named after the famous Paris brasserie of the same name, which has been open since 1947. Several other Au Pied du Cochons exist throughout the globe, including a rather well regarded one in Quebec.
Georgetown’s Au Pied du Cochon was not without its sordid history. Most famously it was the location where in 1985 Soviet defector Vitaly Yurcenko escaped from his CIA handlers by sneaking out the bathroom window and running up Wisconsin Ave. to the Soviet embassy in order to un-defect.
The restaurant closed in 2004. GM would like to say he misses the old place, but frankly he thought the service and the fare did not live up to the atmosphere. Not that having Five Guys is remotely better, though. Hopefully someday it will revert back to a French bistro.
It looks like the restaurant once spread over to the space next door. A rather dramatic and unfortunate renovation of that neighboring space took place in 2004. Now the building is faced with metallic formstone. And it’s empty. Oh well.
One last cool item: in both pictures, you can see an old ad for The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Co. (i.e., the A & P) on the side of the far right building. Continue reading
GM is back from his two week honeymoon and completely unready to dive back into the daily humdrum, but no matter: the neighborhood blogger never rests!
So what did GM miss over the last two weeks? A quick read through the normal sources reveals this:
City Council Gives Mixed Messages on Jellef: As GM discussed a while back, the Mayor’s proposal to buy the Jellef Branch of the Boys and Girls Club was never a done deal. The Council sent the first shot across that plan’s bow when it struck the $15 million set aside in the Mayor’s budget to purchase the property. CMs Evans, Cheh and Medelson have all said encouraging words about the likelihood that the Council will eventually find money for the transfer, but for now it’s in flux.
CAG Elects New President: The Citizens Association of Georgetown elected a new president to replace Denise Cunningham. Jennifer Altemus will take the helm.
Georgetown Library Plans Announced: The plans for the Georgetown Library were presented to a group while GM was away. From the Current’s account, it sounds like the designers tried to solve the problem they were facing earlier with trying to have a community meeting room in the basement level by moving it to the second floor. Either way, GM is a little surprised they went ahead and announced the plans before bringing them back before the ANC.
Five Guys Shuts Down Temporarily: The Georgetown Five Guys apparently shut down for a short time in an attempt to “get ahead” of the bad press reporting on a rodent infestation. It seems to GM that you could probably set up a camera outside any DC restaurant and find a few mice or rats scurry by, but it’s best just not to think about it…
Cannon’s Owners Sentenced: Robert Moore Sr. and Robert Moore Jr. were sentenced to three years probation for their role in illegal fish trafficking. Senior must stay out of the fish-monerging biz for three years and Junior must post a sign at Cannons door announcing that the store won’t sell any Rockfish. Earlier reports said that they would also pay a combined$150,000 in fines and $53,000 in restitution.
That’s it so far as GM’s jet-lagged eyes can see. The June ANC agenda was released tonight, but that’ll have to wait until tomorrow.