Uh Oh – Looks Like Brightwood Bistro is for Sale

by Prince Of Petworth May 18, 2011 at 11:30 am 19 Comments

Brightwood Bistro is located at 5832 Georgia Avenue, NW. Their Web site says:

Style and elegance meets great food in an inviting atmosphere at The Brightwood Bistro. Our menu emphasizes New American Cuisine which is a fusion of many ethnic backgrounds. Best known for our Crab Cakes in the District of Columbia! Our menu ranges from Thai Shrimp Noddle Soup, Carribbean Style Bone Fish to southern dishes as Shrimp and Grits and Po’ Boy Sandwiches. Were are always dishing up our best in pleasing any pallet. Featuring a Friday “Early” Happy Hour from 4pm -7pm, a Sunday Jazz Brunch from 10am – 4pm, and Daily Appetizer Specials from 5pm-7pm, there’s always something going on at The Brightwood Bistro. Come let us show you what all the fuss is about. At The Brightwood Bistro, your first time definitely won’t be your last.

You can see their menu here.

Thanks to an eagle eyed reader for sending this sales listing:

Ground Floor Opportunity to purchase 3000 Square foot condominium unit with fully functioning restaurant in rapidly developing area. Within blocks of incoming Walmart & Walter Reed re-development.Title to property will also include a Bill of Sale for fixtures, equipment and furniture. Property has great frontage and visibility. Two garage parking spaces convey.

Asking price is – $1,080,000.

  • anon

    Sad. That damn intersection is just too screwed up and anti-pedestrian. Holding back the whole area.

  • LisaT

    Dang. I knew it couldn’t be long.

    Wonder how this affects the recent Groupon/Living Social/whatever deal they had.

  • Dave

    My girlfriend and I really wanted this place to be good… we had our wallets opened and wanted to support the local business…fact is…the food wasn’t great, neither was the service…and the area is not inviting (Do in large part to that shitty high-traffic bodega and the 16 year old prostitutes that hang outside of it.

  • Lara

    And I downloaded the Groupon just for their bloody marys, which my husband loves. Fresh ground horseradish. They know spicy. Guess we should use it this weekend.

  • ProfChris

    I think it was the crappy intersection, rather than the lack of critical mass of sophisticated diners nearby. And they were thinking of putting a WalMart up there across the street? Please.

  • Anonymous

    To be honest, I thought it had closed a long time ago. I went right after it opened and really enjoyed their take on southern food. Service was slow but I had attributed that to the newness of the place, and despite that, all the servers and staff were really friendly.

    It is an odd location though. A little out of the way for me.

  • El Gringo

    Very psyched for this…Fatback DJs rule!

    • El Gringo

      ..so psyched, I posted on the wrong thread. Sorry!

  • WarderSt

    The food was decent and service was okay, but the location was horrible and the prices were a bit on the high side given the location. They really needed to be closer to their target demographic because I think a lot of the ideal customers were unwilling to head to their location, which isn’t particularly close to public transit and does not have adequate parking, to pay those kinds of prices.

  • Shuli

    Between the unbelievably poor location and the equally poor service, this was just waiting to happen. I have no complaints about the quality of the food, but twenty minutes before someone comes to inquire about drinks, and then over two hours to get pork chops and shrimp and grits is a little too much to take

  • Anonymous

    Too bad, I hope whomever takes it over will turn it into a thriving business that locals (and nearly locals) will want to visit.

  • Anonymous

    True, it is a tough location. But a date took me there back in ’08 and I ended up paying about $60 total and had one of the worst meals I was ever served. A bad restaurant memory. Good riddance.

  • CheeseTriangle

    We almost moved into this building but didn’t. The restaurant never appealed to me. I couldn’t help but thinking that a Tryst-esque place would have probably been welcome in this neighborhood, albeit on a smaller scale. I bet there are lots of people in the market for that within walking distance that wouldn’t want to hop on the bus or in their car to go elsewhere for a drink/meal/to telework.

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  • Nate

    This place is too big. It would take a skilled restaurant owner to run a place this size. In NYC, a neighborhood place like this would be much smaller and easier to manage.

  • Lester

    I admired BB. A terrific place in an area without a nice place. I thought BB was just grand. But, it wasn’t really in my neighborhood. If BB can’t make a go here, I don’t think anything really can. Time to rethink this whole area.

  • Anonymoose

    I am really sad to hear this place is closing. We have been there quite a few times and always had a great experience. They also have the best coconut cake I have ever eaten. I wish the owners good luck and hope they come back with something else before too long.

  • paulette

    We always had excellent food here but the service (especially at the bar) needed some polishing. The location is terrible but again, we always had great food. We’ve been wondering for some time why they simply don’t move? This is the perfect opportunity. Now they can relocate to a better location. I think some place on Georgia closer to Walter Reed would be terrific. Once you get south of Piney Branch it’s sad imho.

  • to

    Any one know The sale price?


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