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51st State, Laughing Man Tap Out

Mackey’s replaces the latter, while Foggy Bottom loses out

[51st State Tavern]

Tough for week taverns in this town.

A tipster today alerted Eater that 51st State Tavern, a local watering hole that would typically be crawling with George Washington University students, St. Paddy’s Day revelers and/or March Madness enthusiasts, remained oddly dark. Multiple calls to the pro-New York sports bar went straight to voicemail, and management did not reply to an email request for a status update.

Over near Metro Center, Mackey’s Public House made good on its promise to find a new home within the city, moving into the space formerly occupied by Laughing Man Tavern. Barred in DC reports that team Laughing Man first shared the news about the overnight transformation on social media — rebranding itself just in time to take full advantage of all the St. Paddy’s Day festivities.

Meanwhile, Pasara Thai quietly shut down its operation in Dupont Circle (1219 Connecticut Ave. NW) at the end of January, tacking up a final message on the front window acknowledging those that had darkened its door over the years.

“I want to thank you for all your past business and support for the past 10 years,” management said in the farewell note. The homegrown chain still has a presence in Northern Virginia, retaining outposts in Alexandria and Ashburn.