Bartleby’s Books to be replaced by Hu’s Wear restaurant
It was a headscratcher back in early August when the Dish and The Georgetown Metropolitan reported that clothing store Hu’s Wear intended to open a restaurant and would be awarded one of seven new liquor licenses inGeorgetown. Even then it was clear that Hu’s Wear coveted the space occupied by the Georgetown landmark Bartleby’s Books.
Now it’s official: antiquarian book store Bartleby’s Books, one of Georgetown’s long-time non-food, non-liquor, non-national chain, non-clothes stores will be replaced by the new restaurant, which will be conveniently located around the corner from Hu’s Wear and Hu’s Shoes on M Street.
“We’re heartbroken,” says Karen Griffin, who owns Bartleby’s with John Thomson. “After 27 years, the changing times in the book world mean it doesn’t make sense for us to relocate.” The partners intend to “adapt and go online.” Griffin adds, “While people can do business on the internet, it is important for people to see a place like this where you can browse and see what’s on the left and on the right on the shelf.” The store specializes in Americana, law and economics.
Reaction to Bartleby’s Books closing has been muted, with only GM and the surrounding independent merchants expressing concern that Georgetown will be losing a great store.
The Hu restaurant will be issued one of the seven new liquor licenses recently authorized by the Districts Alcohol Beverage Control Broad. The other six are going to Bill’s Bar & Burger, 3347 M St.; Tackle Box, 3245 M St.; Puro Caf, 1529 Wisconsin Ave.; SPINDC, 1010 Wisconsin Ave.; Paul Bakery, 1078 Wisconsin Ave.; and Zenobia Lounge, 1025 31st St.