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The downsizing ax fell hard today on Domaso Trattoria Moderna and its oenophilic sister, Domasoteca Wine Store, both located inside the Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Arlington in Rosslyn. The ground-floor wine store, according to a Kimpton publicist, will close on May 30, while the Italian restaurant, located on the fourth floor, will no longer serve lunch and dinner on the weekends and will expand its menu offerings to include more pastas, soups, and sandwiches.
It’s a tough blow to chef Massimo De Francesca, whose cooking certainly deserves a wider audience than the tourist/business/worker-bee crowd that traipses through the hotel during the weekdays. “[T]he weekend business was slower and we’d attribute that to the work crowd not being there on Saturdays and Sundays,” publicist Charissa Benjamin e-mails Y&H.
The restaurant will still serve breakfast on the weekends, Benjamin notes, and the lounge, including the fourth-floor patio with its dazzling views of Georgetown, will remain open on Saturdays and Sundays with an expanded menu of cocktails and bar food. “[T]the terrace is a great space and stays busy in the evenings so we’ll continue to develop that,” Benjamin writes.
The closing of Domasoteca, however, will immediately reap minor benefits for wine drinkers looking to pick up some bottles on the cheap. All wines will be 20 percent off, while mixed half and full cases will sell for 30 and 40 percent off respectively. The store that peddled vino, bread, cheese, and such didn’t live long; it opened in January 2008. The reasons for its death?
“I’d say it was a combination of all these factors —- location and economy —- that lead to this very tough decision to close the store,” Benjamin e-mails.
Read Kimpton’s full statement on Domaso after the jump.
Effective immediately, Domaso Restaurant, located on the fourth floor of the Hotel Palomar Arlington at Waterview will open for breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Friday, with only breakfast service available on weekends. Based on the increasing success of its lounge and in response to clientele for a more casual dining experience, the lunch and dinner menus will be updated significantly, and the bar will serve an expanded selection of signature cocktails and lounge menu items. While the restaurant will remain modern Italian in concept, the menus will change to meet the current economic conditions of the market, and will feature an expanded offering of pastas, sandwiches, and soup selections.
The dining room will be closed on weekends, except for breakfast; however guests can still enjoy food and drink from the bar on Saturdays and Sundays. Lounge food and cocktail service will continue to be available on the outdoor patio. Dining room operating hours are Monday to Friday – breakfast: 7:00 – 10:30 a.m.; lunch: 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.; dinner: 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. Breakfast will be available on Saturday and Sunday from 7:00 – 10:30 a.m. The bar opens daily from 4:00 – 10:00 p.m. with happy hour from 4:00 – 9:00 p.m. daily.