Today is certainly a sad day for Arlington and Washington residents whom seek to find solace in a local crab feast anytime between Tax Day to Columbus Day. In an e-mail distributed to the Radnor/Ft. Myer Heights Civic Association, Lou Gatti, owner of the Quarterdeck Restaurant, announced that the venue would shut its doors after 31 years:
After 31 years, the Quarterdeck Restaurant is closing. I was at the helm for the last 15 years. For the last 2 ½ months, I have been trying to get a new lease that we could live with. On numerous occasions, I understood that we had an agreement only to be surprised later with a lease that said otherwise. It’s a long story, but we are finished. The building, which is almost 70 years old, needs major repairs and updates; the landlord expects us to do them all. Not happening.
No specific timetable was mentioned for closing, just “soon.” With the growth of residential development in this area of Rosslyn, it’ll be interesting to see what happens to the old building once Quarterdeck moves out.