A D.C.-area restaurant has failed the restaurant scale test for the 1st time

One year later: June 20, 2018

This month marks a year since we released our list of D.C.-area restaurants that have failed during the past two years. So far, 21 of the 26 restaurants have passed the “scalability” test, with Cirque Frites gaining the accolade of “most unlikely failure” in the D.C. area.

Related 7 highlights from the 11 restaurants that failed during their second test

During the “scalability” test, we submitted the 22 worst reviewed restaurant entries to an independent restaurant management consulting company, which had to develop a game plan that would improve the business without harming the staff or customers. Based on that analysis, here’s a rundown of how the remaining restaurants fared.

3. Inomata: The Northeast D.C. locavore vegan eatery closed earlier this year after 30 years of operation.

4. Cacao Artisanal Chocolate Bar: The Dupont Circle fast-casual spot shut down in July for “improperly tested premises”; it reopened days later and refocused on its other bar.

5. SD32 Dining Bar: The hip Dupont Circle dining destination shut down in April after shuttering for a few months to undergo renovational work. The restaurant closed temporarily in August and is scheduled to reopen in September.

6. Dangerous Diana Dining Room: The New Jersey-style pizza place failed the first time around for insufficient food safety training. It reopened in May under the management of Leah Fogelman, who was previously culinary director at the Kingfish. The bar is expected to re-open in the fall.

7. Willard InterContinental: The 2½-star restaurant closed its doors in April after four years in business; it was rebranded as the Shaw KingChef in June, which is a collaboration between Steve Kaufmann and Jamie Bissonnette.

8. Craftsteak: The Palm Coast, Fla., place became a restaurant go-to for locals in September. The U-Tap Room down the street closed in June, and although a more permanent location hasn’t been confirmed yet, Michael Womack, executive chef at Craftsteak, told Historic District News that there are plans to open a second location in the D.C. area.

9. Risen: Last year, WAMU’s Dan Dorfman called Risen “the most dangerous restaurant in Washington,” because of a gross rodent infestation that the restaurant disclosed months later and never came to grips with. The now-closed Arlington Heights eatery closed in March.

10. Porterhouse: The Woodbridge, Va. venue closed after closing over a span of two months in August. It re-opened two weeks later under new management, and a spokesperson says that “Plans for the future are in motion.”

11. El Ranchito: The restaurant at the corner of Memorial Drive and Overhead Bridge Road in Monroe saw multiple infestations of rats and cockroaches that were never properly resolved by management. It shut down in July.

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