Some truly sad news today out of Dupont Circle: as Tom Sietsema first reported on Twitter, Casa Nonna is shuttering tonight, less than two years after opening in a prime Connecticut Avenue space. New York-based restaurant group ESquared Hospitality shared the following statement explaining the decision — stressing that it had nothing to do with chef Amy Brandwein's considerable talents in the kitchen:
It is with regret that we must share the decision to close Casa Nonna Italian Cucina in Washington, DC. Much hard work was put into this project and the ESquared team feels heavily about the decision. ESquared Hospitality got to know Washington, DC well when we opened BLT Steak in 2007, and quickly developed a great esteem and respect for the city and its exciting restaurant scene. We chose Washington as the location for our first Casa Nonna based on BLT Steak’s success in the city and unfortunately just did not have the response we had hoped for. We are grateful to Casa Nonna’s talented chef Amy Brandwein and continue to be impressed by her culinary talents and enthusiastic passion for her craft. As mentioned, we love this city and will continue to seek out opportunities within it.
And, indeed, Casa Nonna did have some trouble fitting in here, having shed its initial family-style concept around this time last year. Anyway, for those who love the Casa Nonna concept, there's still a location in New York to visit. But otherwise, tonight is the night to drop by the restaurant before it closes in DC.