The Commodore Public House and Kitchen that comforted Logan Circle regulars with creative burgers, Southern barbecue, and $10 cocktails will close next week after three years of business. The last day to order pulled pork totchos or pimento cheese-topped fried chicken sandwiches is Saturday, November 30.
The management team at Proof Hospitality shared the news in a statement published by Washington City Paper and the Hungry Lobbyist blog. The statement, sent from culinary director Travis Weiss, says the bar owners could not reach a new lease agreement with the landlord. Weiss mentions that since the venue changed over from the Veranda Greek restaurant, Commodore has hosted “baby showers, engagements, thousands of Tinder dates” and a visit from the Stanley Cup after the Washington Capitals won the NHL championship in 2018.
“We will forever be indebted to you and only hope that the relationships we’ve created here will continue on,” Weiss writes.
Led by chief operating officer Brian Westlye, Proof Hospitality also owns Dupont whiskey bar Rebellion, which has sibling spots in Arlington and Wilmington, North Carolina. When the Commodore suffered plumbing damage last winter, Westlye told Eater its year-over-year sales were holding even and even increasing during the federal government shutdown.
The closure is an added blow to an area of Northwest D.C. with rents so high that it’s increasingly being defined by out-of-town money. Earlier Friday, Popville flagged an ad that showed standout Indian restaurant Pappe was for sale on 14th Street NW despite opening to solid reviews last year.