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“La Fourchette has been sold..last day May 31st or June 15th”?

by Prince Of Petworth May 6, 2016 at 10:25 am 12 Comments

2429 18th Street, NW

At the risk of repeating myself – looks like we have another end of an era for Adams Morgan. In no particular recent order – Millie & Al’s, Mixtec, Pasta Mia, Meskerem, Pharmacy Bar, Toledo Lounge, Crumbs & Coffee, Napoleon Bistro, Locolat, Cashion’s Eat Place and today we add La Fourchette to the mix. Back in September 2014 we first learned La Fourchette was for sale. The price was reduced to $2.6 million in October 2015. Now a reader reports the building has sold:

“La Fourchette has been sold. Apparently to someone who wants to turn it into a Mexican restaurant. last day of operation will be either May 31 (according to Pierre’s wife) or June 15, according to Pierre.”

Updates as more info is learned on an exact closing date and potential replacements.

No longer active but before it came down La Fourchette’s website said:

“Located in the trendy district of Adams Morgan, the longest standing Cafe Restaurant La Fourchette offers its guest an opportunity to experience fine French Cuisine. Since 1978 Chef Pierre Chauvet and hostess Jacqueline Chauvet have been serving guest the authentic taste of France in the heart of Adams Morgan.

La Fourchette opened its doors, after the midst of controversy of riots in Adams Morgan. The first restaurant come back during those hard times, and still we stand 34 years later. Owner and Chef Pierre Chauvet and his wife Jacqueline made the move from La Rochelle, France to build what is the best French Restaurant in Adams Morgan.”

  • kallie

    one of my favorite breakfast spots in dc. very sad to see it go.

  • d

    The slow, decade-plus turnover that’s occurring here and with some of the other restaurants listed by PoP is both healthy for neighborhood and a well-deserved windfall for the retiring owners.

  • Nancy

    I lived nearby for almost a decade before we made enough money to be able to go there (as opposed to living off the black beans/rice from Omega for a few days). We felt so special and the food was wonderful. Of course now when I go back I just see it as a nice neighborhood restaurant. Somehow I feel like I grew up with it in a way.

    • Hill Denizen

      I feel like you can say that about a lot of places in Adams Morgan. I

  • annonny

    Sorry to see this place go – Madame was always a charming hostess and Chef was always a fun presence at the end of an evening when he would circulate with the diners. Will miss them, but will keep my fond memories of many dinners (and bottles of wine) shared there with friends….

  • Hill Denizen

    Woah, I had no idea about Napoleon.

    • LPags

      Napoleon was turned into Lapis by the same owners, and it’s a lovely restaurant.

    • alpinepaq

      Napoleon got a massive upgrade. Same owners, infinitely improved food and atmosphere (imho). Lapis. Check it out.

    • textdoc

      Didn’t Napoleon become Mintwood Place? Or am I conflating two completely different locations?

      • textdoc

        Never mind — I see Mintwood Place is in the space downstairs from Perry’s.

  • Brian

    I have been going to La Fourchette regularly for more than 20 years. I am very happy for the owners – they have worked hard and contributed to dramatic changes in the neighborhood – but I will miss this very special place. I better get in there before May 31!!! You should too!


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