Hill’s Kitchen to Close, Mayor Releases Restaurant Guidance and More News

Hill’s Kitchen announced earlier today that after serious consideration, it will close Monday “until things calm down.” Mayor Muriel Bowser released guidance to clarify “the actions restaurants, taverns, nightclubs, and multi-purpose facilities must take to comply” with DC rules. More news about shops, restaurants and bars:


  • Solid State Books is closing its doors today at 6 p.m. It is staffing the store 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily to take orders by phone and email and deliver curbside or by mail.
  • East City Bookshop is not closing, but shortening hours, and also offering delivery and curbside pickup. Update, 3/16: East City is closing and focusing on delivery and pickup.
  • Labyrinth hasn’t announced any closing, but is regularly closed on Mondays, FYI. Labyrinth is also offering curbside pickup. Update, 3/16: Labyrinth said it would put delivery in place this week.
  • New, 3/16: Capitol Hill Books To Shift to Private Appointments as Coronavirus Spreads – DCist

Bars and Restaurants

  • Jose Andres took the lead and closed all of his DC restaurants. Some of them will be transformed into community kitchens to help feed those in need. “We are in an unprecedented emergency…and as painful as it is, ALL restaurants, bars, etc. must be closed across America if we are to avoid what’s happening in other countries. This is the only way,” he wrote.
  • Medium Rare, which we sadly lost on Barracks Row, is delivering meals to quarantined people age 70 and older.
  • The Pug–the Pug!–is closing today. “I believe, that over the past 13 years, we’ve closed maybe 6 or 7 days. Gonna go ahead and close today. Goddamit,” the Pug wrote.
  • Barred in DC has all your local bar and restaurant news.

An idea that is being circulated is that you buy gift certificates from your favorite local businesses online instead of visiting them.

I’ll update this post with notable neighborhood closings. It looks like it’s all going in the right direction.

Stay in and practice social distancing.

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