At least a few times a week, when contemplating what to have for dinner, I have a sense memory of the ease of life when Griffin Market was open at 28th and P Streets. I'd call up the menu on my Blackberry, email owner Riccardo Bonino with my order, and swing by and pick it up. Voila. Excellent dinner on the table a few moments later. It was even better when entertaining a friend, because the food always impressed.
So, while the news of their closing was sad for the hand made food lovers of Georgetown, for Riccardo and Laura and it has brought a good turn of events. They have happily relocated to charming Beaufort, SC., where they will open Griffin Market By The Sea in October. Hooray for them. Laura wrote, "Our restaurant space here is nice, about 40 seats, 60 with the patio. It needs just a little renovation and is in a great spot in Beaufort." She also said rent is "25 - 30% of DC prices." Do they miss us? Yes, she said. "As much as we love it (we) miss everybody."
I keep hoping some clever food entrepreneur will see the opportunity at that empty corner, and that the landlords will see the opportunity of a nurturing rent for a tenant who fills a niche.
Nonetheless, it was great while we had Griffin and I wish heaps of success on Griffin Market By The Sea. I wonder if they deliver?
LATER: I got my answer. Riccardo will ship wine and cheese, which is good news. Follow him on their website here. Their street address is: