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J. Paul’s Plans to Close, Marking the End of an Era in Georgetown

Eater logo Eater 11/19/2018 Tierney Plumb
a car parked in front of a store window: J. Paul’s will serve its last burger before the year is up. © J. Paul’s/Facebook J. Paul’s will serve its last burger before the year is up.

The tavern classed up the bar scene when it opened in 1982

In the latest sign that Georgetown’s dining scene is entering a new phase, M Street saloon J. Paul’s will close its doors before the end of the year.

J. Paul’s debuted in the historic neighborhood in 1982, kicking off a mini restaurant empire in Georgetown for Capital Restaurant Concepts. The group owned Paolo’s, which just flipped into High Street Cafe, and Old Glory, which reinvented itself as America Eats Tavern this summer.

“There is a life span to independent restaurant groups — they are graciously retiring after a long successful career. It’s a changing-of-the-guard moment,” Georgetown restaurant broker Bill Miller, principal at Miller Walker, tells Eater.

He adds that, with J. Paul’s, Capital Restaurant Concepts can be credited with changing the “strictly bar culture” of Georgetown into more of a “cafe culture” and “a more polished bar and grill” scene.

The wood-lined restaurant features 5,000 square feet across two levels, and Miller says the space is currently entertaining potential restaurants to take its place. Eater reached out to its owner Richard Levy, a prolific Georgetown landlord, for comment.

“While I’m sad to see eras end, Georgetown is due for another chapter,” says Miller.

A manager at J. Paul’s declined to discuss the closure, but says it’ll stay open until at least past the end of the month.

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