The Tavernization of Wisconsin Avenue NW

"This tavernization, if you'll excuse the phrase, of former destination establishments seems like the obvious by-product of an economy in recession

since December 2007, and I say exactly that to veteran consultant Joe Spinelli, who opened more restaurants than I've probably dined in.
Spinelli is a kind man; he suffers fools with half-formed theories. Sure, he explains, the current economic climate has rained down on
fine-dining, white-tablecloth restaurants, forcing them to cling to life preservers.. But most eateries fail, he says, not because their
concepts are flimsy or their food flaccid but because the owners, looking for cheap rent, pick the wrong location." – Tim Carman