Counter Intelligence

Why are DC restaurants faring well?

Posted in General Interest by melissamccart on March 4, 2009

In writing today’s Drive Time for Dining Moguls, I spent a couple weeks interviewing restaurant owners, trend trackers, real estate brokers and others to pull together the piece.  Lynne Breaux, president of the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington, was among them.  Here’s more of her commentary as to why Washington restaurants are doing well:

The metropolitan Washington DC (MDC) restaurant industry is amazingly resilient and as evidenced during this current economic crisis relatively healthy. Many factors play into this. With the change in the administration and with the world looking to Washington for solutions to the crisis, the new and energetic arrivals to town need to eat, meet, interact, and socialize and one of the most productive ways to exchange information and problem-solve is over a meal. . . .

There is concern over rising food costs, increasing taxes, licensing fees and regulations while at the same time the consumer is adjusting their spending habits downward.Thankfully restaurateurs continue to adapt to the changing economy by creating cost effective dining options.

The new President likes dine out in his new hometown and the resultant press coverage has engendered an Obama bounce!


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  1. Doctor No said, on March 4, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    I thought your article in the Post was lovely. A nice focus on being hands-on in an industry whose national/international face has become dominated by celebrity chefs opening up multiple outposts in multiple cities that they rarely visit.

    I wonder how many times Alain Ducasse has seen the inside of Adour. Just curious.


    BTW – What’s up with Birch and Barley/ChurchKey? It still looks like a burnt-out Dakota Cowgirl to me. Call me crazy.

  2. Capital Spice said, on March 5, 2009 at 9:56 am

    Great point on DC restaurants. Everywhere we go seems to be crowded these days. Its comforting to see these business thriving. Maybe if I get laid off I’ll try my hand at waitressing.

  3. Weekend Odds & Ends « Capital Spice said, on March 8, 2009 at 1:12 pm

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