Les Halles Brasserie, a Washington, D.C., institution for the last 15 years, went out of business suddenly yesterday after negotiations on a new lease broke down. Michael Birchenall, publisher of Foodservice Monthly, broke the news today on his SAUCE ON THE SIDE blog.
Les Halles was never cutting edge, but it was always fun. Its campy bistro decor, its sidewalk seating and its annual Bastille Day waiters races gave us a little taste of Paris on Pennsylvania Avenue, our own Champs Elysees, just two blocks from the White House.
What will Washingtonians do without Les Halles' annual choucroute festival in February?