Filling The Void: Nathan’s Georgetown

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DCist reported yesterday that Nathan’s, the Georgetown culinary/drinking staple and Q&A Cafe locale, will be shuttering for good this Sunday, July 12.

The question then becomes what will replace Nathan’s?

Given the controversy, kerfuffle and lengthy approval of the Georgetown Apple Store, I’m hoping the new comer will not be a chain establishment; the Georgetown strip has already become DC’s Mall of America.

While the corner location offers great foot traffic, Nathan’s doesn’t offer a lot of retail  space.  And the front door opening onto one of the busiest corners in DC is a little jarring after a nice meal or happy hour.

Personally, I’d like Nathan’s to stay mostly as it is, but with a few minor tweaks.

  1. A little decor revamp (ax the lacrosse helmets) A image can go a long way
  2. Pare down the food offerings to what you’re really, really good at
  3. Keep the wine and beer list simple.  No need for40 red wine options
  4. Make your prices and specials competitive. You’re in Gtown.  Money matters

Are there any shops, restaurants, etc. you’d like to take over Nathan’s?

Rebecca Johnson

A born and bred New Yorker, Rebecca made the big trip “down south” to DC in 2006 and hasn’t looked back. She spends her days strategizing/planning/ideating how interactive products can help her clients and change the world. In her free time, she explores DC’s ever expanding bar, restaurant and small business scene, plays a crap ton of soccer, attends concerts that contribute to her sleep deprivation and embarks on local adventures. Read why Rebecca loves DC or follow her on twitter.

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