Restaurant Eve, the fine dining restaurant where chef Cathal Armstrong first experimented with Thai and Filipino dishes now gracing tables at Wharf eatery Kaliwa and where co-founder Meshelle Armstrong marvelled at businessmen enthralled by little pink birthday cakes, will serve its final meal on Saturday, June 2.
“After fourteen years it is bittersweet to relay Restaurant Eve will be closing her doors. Our lease has concluded and Saturday, June 2 will be our last day of service,” the co-founders of Eat Good Food Group (Eamonn’s, Hummingbird, Society Fair) announced on Eve’s website. The first-time restaurateurs opened Eve, which is named after oldest daughter, in 2004 in Old Town Alexandria. In the years since their family of restaurants and bars has: hosted then-president Barack Obama and Michelle Obama for an anniversary dinner; spawned My Irish Table, a cookbook focused Cathal Armstrong’s native cuisine; and has grown to include iconic cocktail den PX and forthcoming D.C. rum producer Potomac Distilling Company.
Earlier this year Washingtonian reported that Eve had run its course — though no final determination — Refreshing it? Relocating? Closing? — had yet been made.
“The years we’ve spent at Eve with each other, our staff and our guests have been some of the best of our lives. We have acquired accolades and developed friendships far beyond our expectations,” Meshelle Armstrong writes in her farewell note. “We thank you all for your support over these years, we are grateful to all of you.”