Even Wolfgang Puck is not immune to the devastating toll the pandemic is taking on the restaurant biz — his D.C. eatery is closing for good after 13 years.
The Source By Wolfgang Puck is reportedly closing permanently due to financial challenges brought on by the novel coronavirus. It’s an unceremonious end to the modern Asian restaurant that served as the celebrity chef’s first foray into the nation’s capital.
The Source dished out meals to tourists and locals from its location underneath the Newseum. Their hot pots and izakaya also attracted a power crowd of celebs and politicians.
The restaurant was forced to furlough workers back in March, when the district banned dine-in service to limit the spread of COVID-19. Now, the landlord says there is no path to a successful return under new coronavirus restrictions.
The closure could be a bad omen for other popular restaurants across the country … especially those in high rent locations. If the pandemic can force one of the world’s most famous chefs to shutter his doors, no restaurateur should feel safe.
Don’t stick a fork in Wolfgang’s D.C. game just yet — his high-end steakhouse in Georgetown, CUT, is looking forward to fully reopening.