Photo by Ehpien.
Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:
- Campus plan final approval taking just a little bit longer.
- GM saw some reports that Tackle Box was flooded last night. Man, that place just can’t get a break.
Photo by M.V. Jantzen.
Bonjour Georgetown, et joyeux 14 Juillet! Voici les nouvelles:
This week in Not So Long Ago, GM stops by M St. and Potomac. Nowadays its home to Jonathan Umbel’s two successful restaurants, Hook and Tacklebox (or what a friend of GM calls, respectively, “Fish” and “Lobster”).
Eighteen years ago, the Tacklebox space was occupied by the dearly beloved Georgetown Bagelry. This bagel shop opened up shop on M St. in the 1980s. It stayed open here until 2007 (or maybe 2008, GM can’t quite remember). True devotees can still get their Georgetown Bagel fix at the remaining Bethesda location. (GM also thinks he heard once that Booeymonger carried them too, but he’s not certain about that).
Next door, it appears that in 1993 the space was occupied by an electronics store and a jewelers. These stores were eventually replaced by Cilantro, a Spanish tapas restaurant. Cilantro itself closed up shop in 2007 to make room for Hook.
A while back, Jonathan Umbel floated the idea to purchase the cigar store next to Tacklebox and turn it into a high end butcher. The plans for the property sale fell through and Umbel gave up on the idea. Of course, after the recent fire, Hook and Tacklebox are out of commission indefinitely. So Umbel obviously has other things to worry about than further expansion. Continue reading
So soon did lose his seat and all at once – King Henry V, Act I, Scene 1
Seats are wonderful things. They allow us to stop standing, at least for a little while. They also allow us to eat sitting down. And drink. And drive cars to restaurants in order to eat or drink sitting down. And in Georgetown, anything that might attract more people in cars to anything is immediately viewed with suspicion. So it is from that observation that GM turns to the great Seat Moratorium War of 2009. Skirmish One of this war took place last night at the ANC meeting, and it was just one of the highlights of the last ANC meeting till September. Continue reading
GM got in touch with Jonathan Umbel, owner of Hook and Tacklebox, this weekend to check in on the status of his proposed butcher shop/restaurant to go in next to Tacklebox. The plan was first announced last Fall, but GM was starting to get nervous that the plans fell through. Turns out his fears were justified. Umbel confirmed that the plans to open up next to Tacklebox have been scotched because the owner of the property decided not to sell. Umbel said he’s still considering other locations in Georgetown as potential locations, but will not likely make any move until the economy improves.