B Too, a popular brunch spot where Top Chef alum Bart Vandaele served Belgian mussels and doughnut-waffle “doffles,” has permanently closed after eight years on the 14th Street NW strip.
The restaurant confirmed the news on Facebook yesterday. A post attributed to Vandaele says “Covid-19 has left us no choice.” It also says that Belga Café and rooftop gin joint the Betsy will remain open on Capitol Hill. The post came weeks after a report from Popville and a tweet from Washington City Paper’s Laura Hayes pointed out the restaurant’s website had gone down and signage had been removed. Vandaele did not respond to Eater’s previous requests for comment.
The 14th Street NW corridor recently lost coffee shop Peregrine Espresso, which blamed rising rents in the neighborhood as cause for the closure. Popville reported that wood-fired pizza place Ghibellina and adjacent jazz club Sotto had been cleared out on the strip.
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