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Within a week’s time, four restaurants are closing: Logan Circle’s neighborhood haunt, The Commodore; Navy Yard’s seafood spot, Whaley’s; Chinatown’s site for Spanish tapas, La Tasca; and Union Market’s Philly Wing Fry, the last location in the city.  

How’d we get here? City Paper’s Laura Hayes explains. 

After speaking with various longtime restaurateurs who’ve operated successful joints or packed up sooner than they wanted to, Hayes writes about the host of reasons that lead a business to shutter. And she also captures the red herrings—initiatives restaurants take that may seem to be desperate measures, but actually signal growth or reinvestment. 

For many restaurateurs, the decision to close is a painful one. 

“It’s not just a business,” says David Winer of restaurant group EatWell DC. “It’s a business, it’s a creative endeavor, it’s our money, it’s often our family’s money, it’s our lives. We live this, we don’t just punch in.” 

Also in this week’s issue: City Paper’s annual guide to giving back to D.C. Learn how to give to local organizations quietly doing the hard work to make the city a better place. They’re supporting homeless residents, immigrants, kids striving to get a college education, the arts, the local environment and animals, and D.C.’s LGBTQIA+ community.

With that, Happy Thanksgiving, District Line Daily readers. City Paper is thankful for your continued readership—especially as we experiment with a new writing format and layout. DLD will return on Monday, Dec. 2. Amanda Michelle Gomez (tips? Email agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com

CITY DESK, by Amanda Michelle Gomez:

  • Eric Mercer, 17, is fatally shot, marking the 12th minor to be murdered this year. [Post]

  • A dozen airline catering workers arrested after staging a protest for better wages and health benefits at National. [WJLA, Twitter]

  • D.C. school report cards show improvements, but achievement gaps based on race and income still persist. [Post]

  • Saving a hub for LGBTQ youth in Anacostia from displacement. [DCist]

  • Scene and Heard: Photo shoot of a squirrel. [WCP]

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Mitch Ryals(tips? mryals@washingtoncitypaper.com

  • What laws did Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evanspotentially break? [WCP]

  • Evans won’t testify before the Council next week. [WAMU, Post]

  • In a statement, Evans misrepresented the conclusion of the investigation that found he violated ethical rules. [Twitter]

  • D.C. AG Karl Racine goes after JUUL. [WTOP]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes (tips? lhayes@washingtoncitypaper.com

  • Mike Isabella is back in the kitchen. In Florida. [Eater]

  • District Anchor files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. [WBJ]

  • Where to find cannolis in and around D.C. [Eater]

ARTS LINKS, by Kayla Randall (tips? krandall@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Check out seven of the best titles from the upcoming European Union Film Showcase. [WCP]

  • Introducing a new cartoon series from local artist Liz Montague. [WCP]

  • Could part of Dupont Underground become a nightclub? [DCist]

  • Where to shop for Small Business Saturday in and around D.C. [Washingtonian]

SPORTS LINKS, by Kelyn Soong (tips? ksoong@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • The Indiana Fever has hired Marianne Stanley, a longtime Mystics assistant coach and pioneer in women’s basketball, as its new head coach. Stanley helped lead the Mystics to their first WNBA title this past season. [HERO Sports]

  • Rose Lavelle is one of the nominees for the U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year award. [Pro Soccer USA]

  • A sportsbook run by Caesars Entertainment may be coming to Audi Field next year. [Post]

  • Wide receiver Sean Savoy is no longer on the Maryland football roster. [The Diamondback]

  • D.C. native and Dunbar High School alum Vontae Daviscalls his sudden retirement during halftime of a Bills game last season, “one of the best decisions of my life.” [Post]

MAKE PLANS, by Emma Sarappo (Love this section? Get the full To Do This Week newsletter here. Tips? esarappo@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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