Believe me, it gives me no pleasure to ask this question. Back in Oct. ’10 we learned that The Hitching Post was for sale at 200 Upshur St, NW across from the Old Soldiers Home. The Hitching Post is of course an iconic little restaurant/bar that has been open since 1967. And despite the fact that there are many many fans, it is completely understandable that the owners, Mr. and Mrs. Carter would like to enjoy a retirement after almost 45 years of proprietorship. While some thought the Hitching Post had abandoned their plans when they renewed their liquor license, I’m sad to say plans have changed a little but only from the space being for sale to the space now being for lease.
I’ve been in touch with the Carter’s daughter who tells me that they are looking for rent of about $2500-$3000 per month. What do you think is a fair lease price? But her other question is even more intriguing – what would you guys like to see in the Hitching Post’s space? A bakery/cupcake spot? A different themed restaurant/bar? A deli? A wine bar? Keep it exactly the way it is?
Do you think it would be possible to retain the Hitching Post’s charm under different management/ownership?