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More Than 130 Restaurants Closed Around D.C. in 2016

That’s up from 2015, which saw 104 closures

Crane & Turtle
R. Lopez
Missy Frederick is the Cities Director for Eater.

D.C. lost at least 132 restaurants in 2016.

That’s up from 2015, when the city lost 104 restaurants, by Eater’s tally. The city stayed on pace in the second half of the year when it came to closures, since about 65 had closed during the first half.

Many longtime institutions were among the casualties, including Georgetown’s Bistro Francais, Southern fine dining restaurant Vidalia, Zebebech, Adams Morgan’s Pasta Mia and Cashion’s Eat Place. There were also some more surprising losses, such as relative newcomers Bistrot Royal, GBD, Mango Tree, and Alphonse’s/Nonna’s Kitchen, critical favorite Crane & Turtle, and the constantly-packed Cafe Asia in Rosslyn.

Eater has been tracking restaurant closures throughout the year. Find a story stream of all closure-related news here. D.C.’s food writers weighed in on the closures they were saddest about here.

An alphabetized list of 2016 shutters is below. Particularly significant closures have been bolded. Know of one that’s missing? Share in the comments. Eater will update this post if any additional closings happen over the weekend during the calendar year.

6th and H Bar and Grill

AG Kitchen

Alphonse/Nonna’s Kitchen

American Tap Rom (Arlington)

Amsterdam Falafelshop Clarendon

Angels/Little Fountain Cafe

Asian Bistro

Atlas Room

Austin Grill (multiple)

Bagels and Baguettes


Ban Ta

Bardo (will reopen in new space)


Bistro D’Oc

Bistro Francais

Bistrot Royal

Bistro Vivant

Black Iron Pizza

Blue Moo (Tenleytown)


Bohemian Caverns

Boulevard Woodgrill

Brixx Wood Fired Pizza

Cafe Asia

Cafe Paradiso

Caffe Aficionado

Cappy’s Crabs

Capriotti’s (Georgetown)

Cashion’s Eat Place

Checkers (DC)

Chez Billy (original)

Chili’s (Arlington)

Chili’s (Rockville)

Chix (original)

Cosi (Courthouse)

Crane and Turtle


Czars 11


Dickson Wine Bar


Doner Bistro (Adams Morgan)


Elevant Burger (Wheaton)

El Rancho

El Sol (original incarnation; will reopen)

Family Meal (Ashburn, plus out of area locations)

Five Guys (Georgetown)

Flat Iron Steak

Food, Wine and Co.

Fuego Cocina y Tequileria



G Street Food (original location)


Habit Cafe

Hard Times Cafe (Arlington)

Hooters (Rockville)

Il Forno


Kabob Bazaar (Bethesda)

Kabuki Sushi

Kangaroo Boxing Club

La Fourchette

Larry’s Homemade Ice Cream


Lobster Me

Lou’s Restaurant

Luciano Italian Pizza

Mama Reacer’s

Mama Rouge

Mango Tree

Mario’s Pizza House (Merrifield)


Max Brenner



Melt Shop

Mem Sahib

Midtown Partyplex

Millie and Al’s

Minh Cafe

Mockingbird Hill (original incarnation)

Nana Thai

NKD Pizza (Arlington)

Noodles & Co (Pentagon Row)


Olivia’s Diner

Paisley Fig (will reopen)

Park Lane Tavern

Pasta Mia

Philadelphia Mike’s

Ping Pong Dim Sum (Dupont)

Pinkberry (Georgetown)

Pollo Granjero



Primi Piatti

Protein Bar (downtown)

Radius Pizza

Republic Kitchen & Bar

Rogue 24


Satay Sarinah

Savannah’s American Grill

Science Club

Seasonal Pantry

Secret Chopsticks

Shadow Room

Shiki Sushi

Smoothie King (Dupont)

Sona Creamery

Song Long Deli (might reopen)

Sophie’s Cuban


Soup Up



Subway (U Street)

Sweet Science Cafe

Swing’s Coffee (may reopen)

Tazza Kitchen

Teaism (Alexandria)

The Argonaut (could reopen)

The BBQ Joint

The Scotch Bar at the Willard

Union Jack’s (Bethesda)

U Street Cafe


Willie T’s Lobster Shack

Wood Ranch BBQ


Pending potential closures: China Garden, Carpool