Update: D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser on Monday ordered all D.C. eating and drinking establishments to close to dine-in customers. Takeout and delivery is still allowed.
Sunday night marked the last call — for a least a couple weeks — for many bars and D.C. restaurants while everyday life shuts down and people isolate themselves in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
After Mayor Muriel Bowser announced regulations Sunday taking away bar seating and requiring 6 feet between tables, many small restaurants have no choice but to close until further notice.
“This is a last resort for all bars and restaurants, as it includes an indefinite and potentially very serious financial burden that many small businesses cannot sustain alone,” reads an Instagram post from popular Shaw wine bar Maxwell Park, which expanded with a second location in Navy Yard this month.
Several big-name restaurateurs, including José Andrés, Danny Meyer, and David Chang, had already made the difficult decision to go dark to help potential customers adhere to “social distancing” protocols.
Here’s a running list of D.C. restaurants that are closing. Many of which will still be providing carryout and/or delivery:
- Barcelona-themed tapas place Boqueria temporarily closes its doors in D.C. (Penn Quarter, Dupont) and Chicago after dinner on Sunday. Its NYC portfolio already shut down after dinner service on Friday. An employee in Dupont says perishable food will be donated to employees.
- Prince George’s County’s MGM National Harbor will go dark by midnight tonight, in compliance with the emergency order issued today by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan. The sprawling casino’s restaurant anchors include Voltaggio Brothers Steak House from Top Chef alumni and sibling chefs Bryan and Michael Voltaggio, TAP Sports Bar, and Italian eatery Osteria Costa.
- Michelin-rated Tail Up Goat in Adams Morgan also made the call to close on Sunday. Carryout is now an option.
- Michelin-rated The Dabney was set to close after dinner service on Sunday through the end of the month. Staff will be compensated during its hiatus period, and a to-go menu will be announced in the coming days.
- Progressive downtown hotel Eaton DC will close its lobby-level bar Allegory, cafe Kintsugi, and rooftop bar Wild Days starting Monday, March 16. The hotel, co-working operation Eaton House, and lobby restaurant American Son will stay open and ramp up its capacity to deliver meals to hotel guests and the city.
- Shaw’s new American eatery Nina May will close its dining room, effective Monday, March 16, and switch solely to curbside pick-up and delivery. Breakfast and lunch will be offered daily from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- Bloomingdale bar Boundary Stone is closed at 8 p.m. on Sunday, with regular delivery service available via Caviar.
- Beuchert’s Saloon’s last night of dinner service is Sunday, March 15, and will be adapting to a delivery service and take out menu next week.
- Michelin-rated Maydan and Shaw sister eatery Compass Rose are closed indefinitely, effective Monday, March 16. Take-out and delivery services are potentially in the works.
- Soupergirl is closing its M Street NW location temporarily, while its Takoma Park location will shift immediately to takeout and delivery only. Hospitality employees receive a 50-percent discount.
- Hummus bowl shop Little Sesame is closing Monday and vowing to provide employees with full pay and meals over the next two weeks. The shop is also pledging to drop off meals in “vulnerable communities,” providing one lunch for every $10 gift card customers buy.
- Fabio Trabocchi’s Michelin-rated Italian flagship Fiola is temporarily closed.
- The Hank’s Oyster Bar family (Wharf, Capitol Hill, Dupont Circle, Old Town) is offline until further notice, which includes Hank’s Cocktail Bar in Dupont.
- Lavagna Capitol Hill
- Junction Bistro, Bar & Bakery Capitol Hill
- Calabash (Shaw)
- EatWell DC’s Grillfish and The Pig
- Sonny’s Pizza
- Queen’s English
- Street Guys Hospitality (Ambar, TTT, Buena Vida, Baba Bar)
- Teddy & The Bully Bar (but pickup and app delivery available at sister spots Declaration Shaw and Navy Yard)
- Booze-heavy business closures include: All Souls, The Brixton, DC Reynolds, Midlands, The Pug, Roy Boys, Showtime, and Bar Deco