Pioneering Eastern European restaurant Domku is closing its doors in Petworth.
The closure will happen by the end of June. In a Facebook announcement, the restaurant says the landlord was asking for a 66 percent increase in rent, and would not negotiate.
While this is extremely sad for me, I am also extremely proud of the role this business has played in the nearly 12 years of a changing Petworth. I am grateful for the many friends I’ve made here, honored to have been part of your lives, and privileged to have been accepted and supported by so many loyal customers.
Owner Kera Carpenter said in the message that she hopes the restaurant's final weeks will be celebratory. "Even after all these years, there is nowhere else in DC like Domku. We hope we will see you all many times over in the course of the final weeks so that we can say our good-byes."
The Eastern European and Scandinavian restaurant was one of the first ambitious restaurants to open in Petworth. It's been around for more than 11 years. Eater looked back at its influence on its ten year anniversary last year.