By now it’s likely that pretty much anyone who has ever gone elbows-deep in drawn butter at the Quarterdeck has heard that the historic crab-feast venue is closing due to failed lease negotiations. The story broke with the folks over at TBD and has been expanded upon by the Washington Business Journal and ArlNow, who have printed an excerpt from Lou Gatti’s email to the Radnor/Ft. Myer Heights Civic Association.
Here at Capital Spice, we were eager to find out more about what would become of one of our favorite places to bring out-of-town guests, so we reached out to Haig Paul, the property owner, for comment. He was unaware that word had gotten out, but he was willing to go on the record with us about what the future holds. According to Mr. Paul:
“There is a change coming. We’re still in the process of lease negotiations, so I can’t go into too many details at this point. The only thing I know for certain is that a restaurant will remain in operation in some form [at 1200 Fort Myer].”
When I asked if the new restaurant would represent a fundamental change away from Quarterdeck’s most popular offerings, Paul didn’t seem to think so. “The Quarterdeck is a niche type restaurant – it’s unique with a very steady and loyal clientele. I would like to see it continue in its current format. It won’t become something radically different.”