Chadwick's to Close; to Be Replaced by Mr. Smith's
Another Georgetown classic is about to vanish, and another Georgetown classic was about to vanish.
Chadwick's on K Street -- the friendly, classic hamburger joint where everyone knows your name -- will close Aug. 31, according to former owner and Chadwick's founder Michael Kirby, who has been assisting the Russo family with the business after the death of owner and restaurateur Tom Russo.
Kirby -- who began Chadwick's 47 years ago -- also confirmed that Mr. Smith's has purchased the business at 3205 K St., NW, which includes all licenses and leases. Kirby also said he believed that the Chadwick's in Alexandria would continue.
As for Mr. Smith's -- "the friendliest saloon in town" at 3104 M St., NW, since 1965 -- it will close within weeks, probably by Sept. 1, its general manager Juan Andino told several media outlets a few days ago.
Andino told ABC 7 News and others that the Boston-based landlord is raising the rent to levels his business cannot afford. He also said that he hoped to relocate the restaurant elsewhere in Georgetown, just as those who ran the closed Neyla have indicated.
Mr. Smith's with its piano bar and sing-alongs along with its back patio and vintage furnishings is known to many Washingtonians as a spot where they had some of their first dates. On Sept. 1, expect to see Mr. Smith's in its new location on K Street.