Bangkok Joe’s to Close, Become Mama Rogue

Gone in three days: Bangkok Joe's at Washington Harbour. | Photo by Corrie Dyke

You have three evenings left to dine at Bangkok Joe’s. The Thai restaurant at the entrance to Washington Harbour at 3000 K St., NW, will close June 1, as its owners transform the space into a French-Southeast Asian restaurant, named Mama Rouge.

The new restaurant will open in September, owners — chef Aulie Bunyarataphan and Mel Oursinsini — told their patrons in a May 27 email. They also cited the changing tastes of customers. The same team runs Tom Yum District across Key Bridge in Arlington as well as T.H.A.I.

The self-described “dumpling bar and cafe” — which was reviewed by Zagat as having “dumplings “to die for” and “great cocktails to boot” — has attracted the likes of such celebrities as Nicole Kidman and Nicholas Cage.

Opened in September 2003, Bangkok Joe’s is getting a re-boot, so to speak, to stay current with its guests. Along with a revamped menu, the space will be redesigned and get a new kitchen.

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