The party’s over at N’awlins-themed Bayou come Saturday, June 3, so the music-friendly venue and local watering hole is booking bands galore to help it play itself off.
Bayou’s parent company Georgetown Events, which also owns Jetties, Surfside, Due South, and the new Millie’s in Spring Valley, announced the impending shutter late Tuesday via a newsletter blast to subscribers and a farewell post on Instagram:
We've got some big news, friends- we will be saying goodbye to @bayoudc this month But fear not! We've got an awesome live music lineup every week until the final sendoff on 6/3! @kendallstreetcompany takes the @bayoudc stage tonight - join us for awesome live music and killer drinks tonight and every weekend this May so we can send Bayou off right! And stay tuned for @eventsonpenn, coming soon! #goodbayou #goodbyetobayou #ksc #kendallstreetcompany #dmvlivemusic #dclivemusic #dcmusic #dcdrinks #nolaindc #eatwell #eatlocal #drinklocal #yourlocalescape
The two-story bar plans to go out with a bang, lining up live musical acts through the end of the month. “We've lined up some of our favorite bands from the past eight years to rock out the Bayou stage over the next three weekends,” management told supporters in the email alert. “Come help us celebrate great memories as we make some new ones.”
Bayou, wedged right between Georgetown and George Washington University, was a regular stop on the collegiate party circuit. Food was also a focus: executive chef Rusty Holman’s po’boys were a destination dish, and Bayou also boasted a catering component.
It’s unclear why the restaurant is calling it quits, but it appears the company is shifting its focus; sibling bar Smith Point was put up for sale at the beginning of the year.
Eater reached out to Georgetown Events for more information regarding the shutter.
McFadden’s, another college favorite located just one block away, permanently closed its doors in 2015 after five people were stabbed inside the rowdy saloon on a particularly violent Saturday night.