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Award-Winning Marcel’s Wrecked by Water Damage

“When we do reopen, we will be better than ever”

The dining room at restaurateur Robert Wiedmaier’s fine dining restaurant, Marcel’s.
Photo by Rey Lopez for Eater DC

Marcel’s, the nearly 20-year-old, Rammy Award-winning restaurant chef Robert Wiedmaier spent $350,000 to modernize just a few years back, has been ruined by a broken water pipe — a weather-related disaster the seasoned restaurateur predicts will take weeks to come back from.

“We hope to open again in the first week of February,” Wiedmaier alerted supporters via social media about the recent devastation. He also operates other restaurants in the area including seafood-centric Siren, beer-friendly Brasserie Beck, and budding chain Mussel Bar, among others.

A fixture of D.C.’s fine dining community, food lovers continue to flock to French-Belgian themed Marcel’s for prix fixe meals (starting at $105 for four courses) featuring foie gras, boudin blanc, roast duck, and optional caviar service.

According to Wiedmaier’s online message, reviving the revered restaurant is a top priority. And it’s one he and his long-serving staff do not take lightly.

“We can’t wait to get back into our remodeled home and serve you once more,” he wrote on Facebook. “And you have our word that we are using this time to reflect and rededicate ourselves to our craft.”


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