- Todd Kliman at the Washingtonian reports this afternoon that Farrah Olivia, chef Morou Ouattara‘s Old Town outpost of modern American cooking, will be closing its doors on April 29 after failing to negotiate a new lease with the landlord, Balducci‘s, which is not immune to this closing business either. Kliman notes that Ouattara will be opening a restaurant/bar/lounge in Crystal City this summer and has plans to, eventually, reprise Farrah in downtown D.C.
- The good members of DonRockwell.com inform us that Mark and Orlando’s, just off Dupont Circle, will be closing at the end of April, which elicited this response from the board’s namesake founder: “This isn’t fair.”
Y&H wishes these fine restaurateurs good luck in the future. He also thinks we can officially stop saying that D.C. is recession-proof.