Sea Catch Restaurant & Raw Bar, a standby for canal-front dining in tony Georgetown, closed January 29 after 30 years in business.
Executive chef Steve Rosenthal, who told Eater he’d been on the job for approximately three months, had been brought in to help refresh the venerable seafood joint.
“I just got done changing the menu,” he said, noting that he’d already finalized specials for Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day.
Those updates became moot when he and the other 20-odd restaurant employees attempted to punch in earlier this week and discovered that management had pulled the plug.
“I walked into work on Monday and they decided to close the restaurant over the weekend,” he said. “We were all let go right there.”
In its official statement, parent company RB Properties, Inc., mourned the loss of the historic property (“The restaurant was a big part of the community,” said Lisa Hornstein, vice president of sales and marketing) but pledged to reuse the space at 1054 31st St. NW. “There will be something new in the future,” the company said in a press release.
Rosenthal, an alum of Clyde’s Restaurant Group, Bar Deco and Silo, declined to specify where he might pop up next, but did mention that he’s got his eye on some new restaurants in town.
“I guess I’m going to see what’s out there starting Monday,” Rosenthal said.