If anyone should be nervous about water damage following yesterday’s storm, it’s probably those with property in Georgetown’s Washington Harbour. Restaurants there only recently reopened (or are about to reopen) after massive flooding destroyed their businesses in April 2011.
But Nick’s Riverside Grille and Tony & Joe’s, which reopened on Sept. 1, are doing just fine, as is Farmers Fishers Bakers, which is still on track to open Nov. 7.
In 2011, the flooding occurred because the protective gates along the Potomac river never went up. This time around, Washington Harbour was prepared for flood waters. “It’s dry as a bone,” says Nick’s Riverside Grille and Tony & Joe’s owner Greg Casten. He was over at the restaurants last night until about 8 p.m. “It was howling, but it wasn’t too bad.”
Casten, who’s also the chairman of the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington, says he hasn’t heard any reports of restaurant damage from fellow restaurateurs. “Most people I’m talking to are like, ‘What the? A bunch of hubbub about nothing,'” he says. “Of course, hindsight is 20/20.”
Casten anticipates that Nick’s Riverside Grille and Tony & Joe’s will reopen on Thursday.
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Photo via Tony & Joe’s