Chevy Chase neighborhood restaurant Jake’s American Grille shuttered after eight years of business last weekend, which means its upper Northwest strip has lost a gathering place for hearty comfort foods, football viewing parties, and brunch.
Jake’s served its last meal at 5018 Connecticut Avenue NW on Sunday, January 20. It was part of a popular dining corridor that includes Comet Ping Pong and Little Red Fox next to the Politics & Prose bookstore. Aspiring red-sauce joint I’m Eddie Cano opened next-door to Jake’s in October, and the Little Beast family bistro set up just up the street around the same time.
The closure comes just months after parent company District Restaurant Group opened Valor Brewpub underneath The Ugly Mug in Capitol Hill, bringing the area near the Marine Barracks a veteran-run dining option (723 8th Street SE).
“We have decided to move on from the area and focus our attention on our Capitol Hill presence with the Ugly Mug and Valor Brewpub,” District’s general manager Joey Allen tells Eater, adding “we will be completely moved on in the next couple of days.”
Allen adds that one drawback of the 300-seat restaurant was the lack of street parking.
Jake’s announced its impending demise on Facebook on Saturday, January 19, and thanked its regulars over the years.