“I feel really good passing the baton to them,” Saint owner Quentin Ertel tells CHS. “They are good people. They’re local, they’re super cool, I would classify them as solid old school Capitol Hill folk.”
Ertel said he plans to let the new owners tell their own story about what is coming next for the wedge-shaped space along E Olive Way that used to be a Wing Dome before becoming the home for tacos and “tequila salvation.”
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The sale comes in a year of food+drink transactions across Capitol Hill. Ertel said he doesn’t think the hot market is a reflection of a new era on the Hill. “As long as I can remember people who have no experience have been coming into the business,” Ertel said.
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For Ertel, the sale represents a personal opportunity to take a rest, enjoy time with family, and assess his opportunities for what comes next. “I’m just going to take it easy for awhile,” he said.
As for Ertel’s other major Capitol Hill holding, don’t expect any similar changes. He says Havana will continue “100% the same.” “Everybody has a Havana story,” Ertel says of his E Pike bar and nightclub’s nightlife good times reputation.