The curse over the restaurant space at the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner holds strong with the news that Michel Richard shuttered his restaurant there over the weekend — just a little more than a year after opening. Tim Carman reported over the weekend that Michel would close "effective after breakfast on Sunday." A rep for the chef declined to comment, but in an interview for Michel's one-year anniversary back in October, Richard addressed the factors that have made this one of DC's most prominent cursed restaurant spaces:
"I want this one to succeed. I don't like to fail. And we're going to do everything we can. We closed for lunch. Lunch wasn't very busy, and you have competition with the mall. But dinner is OK and we're open for breakfast, too. Here I feel like most of our customers come from the hotel. When the hotel is packed, we're busy. When the hotel is kind of slow, we are slow. I don't know what to do."
And, indeed, it seems nobody quite knows what to do with that space. Still, Richard's got plenty of his plate these days what with the impending opening of three Atlantic City restaurants this spring.