The dining landscape has changed all around town these past few weeks, with some longstanding local restaurants, one corporate chain, and a tried-and-true food cart exiting the hospitality scene.
ATLAS DISTRICT—Frozen Tropics reports that Da Luft Lounge has held its last dance party at 1242 H Street NE. The new owners are developing something called On the Rocks to take its place.
DOWNTOWN—Custom burrito-slinger John Rider on May 19 formally retired the iconic food cart many K Street diners have come to rely on for sustenance.
Pedro & Vinny's is open today for the last Tuesday. You customers are awsome,I'm really going to miss you.— PedroandVinnys (@PedroVinnys) May 16, 2017
DUPONT CIRCLE—Homey Greek restaurant Mourayo shut things down at 1732 Connecticut Avenue NW after 13 years in business. The owners signalled a desire to feature some of Mourayo’s most popular dishes at sibling establishment La Tomate.
MOUNT PLEASANT—PoPville reports that Zabver Thai is done in Mount Pleasant. But locals won’t have to make too much of an adjustment; new restaurant Sabydee, which specializes in Thai and Laotian cuisine, is moving into the neighborhood.
U STREET—Boston-based pizza chain Upper Crust has decamped from U Street, but is not giving up on the area entirely. COO RJ Dourney told Eater the company is doing well in Arlington and may pursue additional growth in Virginia.