One of the Hill’s sweetest places to take a date closed its doors this week and didn’t even really say goodbye. Here’s the note we just received from Chez Gaudy’s former manager Gregg Holcomb:
I got a surprise text Wednesday evening saying Chez Gaudy is closing and this is their last night. So, I went in and sure enough they were closing and the 31st was their last night. I spoke to owner Ross McCartney and said that the reason for the closure was just the economic downturn and increased cost of doing business.
I am now at the Knee High Stocking Company, but I was sad to see it go.
We’ll give McCartney a call too see if we can learn more. He is also behind Bleu Bistro and The Buck — we’ll check in on the rest of his Capitol Hill plans.
UPDATE: We spoke with McCartney about his decision and asked him why the closure came so abruptly. He declined to get into specifics but told CHS that a new project is already planned for the space. “The good news that a very nice guy is going to develop a really nice place there,” McCartney said.
McCartney confirmed that it was a simple matter of economics. “We wanted to provide an affordable experience. With rents going the way they are in this city, it made more sense to give somebody else a chance.”
McCartney said the closure of Chez Gaudy won’t impact his other Hill food and drink businesses.