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  • This place is gonna be off the hook, just you wait and see!

  • This is a cursed spot. I have seen 5 resturants in this space in the last 7 years..I wish them luck, they will need it

    • Definitely cursed. No one has yet to find the business model for that spot that overcomes its limitations: namely, it’s too far (and too far uphill) from Georgetown proper to attract much foot traffic and is nowhere near a Metro station (only serviced by one very erratic bus line).

      It’s weird, because Bistrot Lepic next door has been open since 1995 and seems to be fairly highly regarded. But the businesses at 1734 Wisconsin just aren’t cutting it.

      Speaking of that block (it’s been a long time since I lived over there), is anything being done with the old Japan Inn site, which seems to have been gathering dust forever.

      • The old Japan Inn is now an HSBC Bank. They did a major rebuild of the site, I think in 2008.

  • andy

    What’s with Asian restaurants failing and being replaced by different-themed Asian restaurants?

    • I always wondered that as well. Perhaps it has something to do with the very expensive to replace kitchen equipment being specialized towards Asian style cooking? Maybe due to ties with the Asian community somehow?

      I went to Arisu once a couple years ago and did have a nice dinner. Very authentic Korean dishes and a quiet atmosphere. We went on a Friday or Saturday night and it was us and one other table, and we knew that they wouldn’t last much longer. Now our only DC option appears to be Mandu, which is essentially Korean Lite, or Adam Express, which is takeout only.

    • I’d guess that the owners either re-concept the place, or sell the restaurant via ethnic newspapers to another Asian family. In either case, I doubt that the owners’ ethnicity changes at all, but the spices used in the kitchen might. Many of the Japanese, Thai, and (obviously) pan-Asian restaurants around are run by Chinese, Korean, etc. owners who realize that other cuisines are in higher demand. It may not be 100% authentic, but it’s not like most Americans ever notice.

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