There were plenty of buzzy restaurant debuts this year, but the city also experienced about 100 closures. In fact, New Year's Eve will be the last chance to party at these four D.C. restaurants. They're going out with a bang on New Year's Eve— check out the details below.
It was a tough year for Chef Geoff's. Owner Geoff Tracy fought to keep the downtown restaurant open after the Rockville location abruptly closed in November. But the building will ultimately be torn down and redeveloped, so the favorite happy hour destination is shuttering on New Year's Eve. The final dinner menu promises grilled prawns and a 6 oz. filet mignon. The Chef Geoff's locations in Tysons Corner and near American University remain open.
New Year's Eve will be the last day of service for this seafood stalwart. Passion Food Hospitality decided to close after when the building's management was looking for them to expand into a larger, 15,000 square foot space. The company didn't think it was a good fit for the 14-year-old restaurant.
The restaurant is planning a multi-course dinner for New Year's Eve. They're reviving some classic dishes like a porcini-crusted halibut, a pork chop, and a whole striped bass. Once the restaurant closes, Passion Hospitality Group will focus on reopening pan-Asian restaurant Ten Penh in Tysons Corner.
This Puerto Rican restaurant near McPherson Square is also closing December 31 after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in September. Mio first opened in 2006 and then underwent several menu changes and revamps. The owner plans to open Acerola, a casual Puerto Rican spot, in Fairfax next summer. Details regarding their Puerto Rican-themed New Year's bash are here.
After five years, this Southern restaurant inspired by author Zora Neale Hurston is closing to make way for a new concept. The U Street mainstay's last day of service technically is January 17, but a Motown-themed bash with a four-course dinner and live DJ, is planned for New Year's Eve and will serve as a goodbye party of sorts for the restaurant.
The restaurant will reopen as Mule Bone under the same ownership, but celebrity chef Carla Hall will select the new chef following a competition. They're aiming to open in mid-February with a similar but lighter, Southern-influenced menu.
Bonus tip: New Year's Eve is the last night opening chef R.J. Cooper will cook at Rogue 24, though he'll still be involved with the menu once he moves to North Carolina.