11.21.2005

More Closings

It's been a bad month for D.C.'s upscale Caribbean cuisine offerings. Both Ginger Cove/ Ginger Reef and Ortanique have closed, the former for good, the latter indefinitely.

The Washington Business Journal reports that restaurateurs Jimmie and Sharon Banks, owners of Ginger Cove and Ginger Reef, were evicted from the property and "still owe the city, landlord and utilities nearly $300,000 in connection with the restaurants, according to court records."

The owners of Ortanique have left the door open for a return while they get their shit together (as quoted in the Business Journal story).

Meanwhile, the Post reports that Washington landmark Blackie's House of Beef is being sold by the children of the late proprietor. (Lulu's went in that deal, too, for which we should all shed a facetious tear.)

Are these closings any great loss? Or just more free space for new faces to move in?

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I really liked Ginger Reef. That's too bad. It would appear there aren't yet enough residents in that area to truly support all the restaraunts there. Hopefully after a few years when more of the contruction is complete this will not be the case.

Anonymous said...

Good! Ginger Reef was good but way over-priced.

Looking forward to to Morou opening.

Amanda said...

I think Ginger Reef closing had more to do with the owners management than the area's abililty to support it.

Jess said...

Was wondering about Ortan. -- I work nearby and those signs and dark windows have been up for a while...

Anonymous said...

Apropos of Caribbean food (if somewhat less upscale), do you know if the Islander on U Street is good?

Amanda said...

I'm a big fan of the Islander, but you have to be prepared for service that's on "island time." Don't bring any American uptight efficiency-obsession in with you. ;)
Also, they apparently make their own ginger beer.

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