Darrow Montgomery
Darrow Montgomery

Fill up on pastrami sandwiches and matzo brei at one of D.C.’s last remaining Jewish delis now because co-owner cousins Nick and David Wiseman are closing up shop on Feb. 11. DGS Delicatessen in Dupont Circle is the second Jewish deli to call it quits in the past couple months. On Rye suddenly shuttered in Chinatown in December.

The Wisemans provided the following statement on their decision to close the last remaining DGS:

“It’s been an amazing five years, and we can’t thank you—all 350,000 of you who came through our doors—enough for joining us on this ride. We hope we’ve left a good mark on our street, neighborhood and city. We’ll miss all of you (and our bagels and lox, of course). But the good news is we’re just getting started. We’re turning our focus to grow Little Sesame and will be opening the first stand-alone location very, very soon. Stay tuned! —Nick Wiseman, David Wiseman & The DGS Delicatessen Team

Little Sesame, a hummus shop, is located in the DGS basement. The Wisemans and Israeli chef and partner Ronen Tenne have long been hinting at expanding the fast-casual brand. The team at Edit Lab by Streetsense is already toiling away at the forthcoming shop’s design after a research trip to Israel. 

DGS Delicatessen had a strong run of providing Washingtonians with house-cured meats and seafood, creative cocktails with Yiddish names, a generous happy hour with Reuben egg rolls, and decadent Chinese feasts on Christmas Eve. After opening the deli in 2012, the Wisemans went on to launch Whaley’s in Navy Yard and Hill Prince on H Street NE. 

There have been a bevy of closures to date in 2018 including Thally in Shaw, Piola on 14th Street NW, French Quarter Brasserie in Shaw, the 24-hour Subway near Union Market, the Pidzaa in Chinatown, Pier 2934 in Georgetown, Drift on 7th in Shaw, Bold Bite on 19th Street NW, Tadich Grill in Penn Quarter, Bombay Express on M Street NW, and Driftwood Kitchen on H Street NE. 

DGS Delicatessen, 1317 Connecticut Ave. NW; (202) 293-4400; dgsdelicatessen.com