A part of the Georgetown dining scene since 1987, Paolo’s Ristorante at 1303 Wisconsin Ave. NW closed its doors for good Aug. 22.
Part of Capital Restaurant Concepts, a company co-founded by Paul Cohn and Bechara Nammour in 1984, Paolo’s, while applauded for its happy hour, breadsticks and olive tapenade, pizza and minestrone soup, suffered from mixed reviews by diners and an out-of-date menu. The company tried to revive the establishment but had also closed other Paolo’s restaurants around the region.
Another company restaurant on M Street, Old Glory Barbecue, closed and reopened as José Andrés’ America Eats Tavern. The original J. Paul’s Dining Saloon remains but faces an uncertain future, one restaurant insider told The Georgetowner.
The new eatery expected to move into the former Paolo’s space will reportedly involve Spanish-American cuisine.