With the anticipation and hype surrounding new bar and restaurant projects on the Hill, here’s a reminder of reality. Food and drink is tough business. Even the best po’ boy sandwiches on Broadway can’t save you.
“It wasn’t as busy as we anticipated,” owner Garnet Pitre tells CHS of Five Fish’s one-year run on Broadway.
The restaurant — born Five Fish Bistro in January 2012 and re-spun as Five Fish and a Burger toward the end of things — was Pitre’s dream project after a career in the food and hospitality industry. It replaced a UPS store with a shop dedicated to fried fish and a few southern turns by way of Broadway.
Who’s to say how the glossy magazines in the city choose who to hype but they never really came calling for Five Fish. Like some other places along Broadway, it was perhaps a little too straightforward and gimmick-free to make for great copy. Pinto Bistro, Panevino and Wedgwood II, we know you’re out there.
While its presence on Broadway along with the most hardcore deep-frying set-up on Capitol Hill, the emergence of Linda Derschang’s Bait Shop on north Broadway probably didn’t help. But it didn’t kill Five Fish. Pitre said the closure was more about long-term economic conditions for smaller businesses and not getting enough customers in the door. She said Five Fish is shuttered for good on Broadway and gone forever short of “some sort of restructuring,” she said. The Facebook message about a temporary closure went up earlier this week followed by the final word on a paper sign on the door.
Pitre wanted to say thanks to the customers who supported the restaurant and said she is still sorting out what she’ll do next.
Thanks to everybody for the tips about the closure.