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Has DC Already Reached Peak Restaurant? - Source Washingtonian

Posted on Jan 03,2017
Filed Under Restaurants , Local Tastes,

The line outside the red-hot Filipino eatery Bad Saint. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

Source Washingtonian

By Jessica Sidman

WASHINGTON, DC. - The official line is that Washington’s dining scene is thriving. The revered Michelin Guide launched here in October, and two months before, Bon Appétit magazine named DC the top dining city in America. The District’s restaurant-tax revenue increased by more than $41 million from 2011 to 2015. People are still lining up for two hours to eat at hot spots such as Bad Saint and Rose’s Luxury. It’s started to feel normal for two or three restaurants to open every week.

Jeff Black isn’t sure how much longer that can last. In 2015, reps for the Wharf pitched him to open a restaurant in their new Southwest waterfront megadevelopment. Plans for the site—a younger, hipper Georgetown—call for 20-plus restaurants and bars. Black, who owns Pearl Dive Oyster Palace, BlackSalt, and others, won’t be participating. He liked the vision for the project, but one question kept nagging at him: “How are you filling this with all these bodies?”

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