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Call It a Comeback — These Shuttered D.C. Restaurants Have a Second Act

From fancy Thai restaurants to neighborhood bars, there are triumphant returns everywhere

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It's an inevitable part of the industry— restaurants are constantly closing. Over 100 restaurants shuttered in D.C. last year alone, and many more have already followed this year. But there appears to be a bright side to the notoriously tough restaurant business lately. Several shuttered D.C. restaurants are making a comeback, sometimes even years later.


Jeff Black's first restaurant is returning in a new location. The Rockville institution closed in 2013 after 18 years in business, but now it has a new lease for 12435 Park Potomac Ave. in Potomac.  The restaurant will be part of Foulger-Pratt's Park Potomac Development and have a full raw bar. There are plans to bring back several of Addie's old dishes, along with some vegan options. BoxWood Architects is doing the design.

Bangkok Joe's

The new Bangkok Joe's [Photo: Facebook]

The longtime Georgetown waterfront restaurant returned to its original location this month after closing in June 2014. The restaurant, which originally opened in 2003, was briefly replaced by French-Asian fusion restaurant Mama Rouge, from the same owners. The new Bangkok Joe's is a mix of old favorites and new dishes like larb duck dumplings and more. There's also a new look from Collective Architecture.


the new EatBar [Photo: Facebook]

The Neighborhood Restaurant Group bar closed last year in Arlington, but reopened with a totally different design and menu on Barracks Row. The meat-heavy dishes showcase whole-animal butchery, while the drinks focus on everything from wine, beer, and cocktails. Find an occasional nod to the original menu, like the guanciale-wrapped dates. The decor truly distinguishes the new iteration of EatBar from the old one — a full wall is decorated with a mosaic of over 7,000 cassette tapes.


Duffy's [Photo: Official]

The power of crowd-funding helped this wings destination make a big comeback in September. The U Street bar reopened in the original location after closing in 2014. It's currently under new ownership, but previous owner Andy Duffy still manages.


The old TenPenh [Photo: Holly T./Yelp]

After D.C. Coast closed last year, Passion Food Hospitality partner David Wizenberg announced plans to revive the long-shuttered favorite. The pan-Asian restaurant, which closed in 2011, is coming to Tysons Corner with a new format, complete with a sushi bar, fire pits outside, and some contemporary changes to the menu. Eater has reached out to them for an update, but there's no more information available at this time.