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Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 04/06/2012

Black and Orange and the Hamilton dramatically scale back hours, 24-hour city status in doubt


Nathan Ziman, (L to R), Aaron Fenster, Naomi Iser and Monica Kamen at the Black & Orange Restaurant, a burger place that is no longer open until five in the morning on weekdays. (Evy Mages - FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)
Go ahead and blame The Post. We jinxed it. If you look at the cover of today’s Metro section you will find a front-and-center trend piece asking whether late night hours at Black and Orange and all hours dining at the Hamilton are indications that the District is becoming a 24-hour city.

Not quite yet, it would seem.

Yesterday afternoon Guest of a Guest reported that the Hamilton is cancelling its late night food service and moving to the much more standard closing times of 1 a.m. on weekdays and 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. That wasn’t all.

We found out that Black and Orange had backed off their daily 5 a.m. close and quietly posted new hours. While you can still grab a burger at 4:59 a.m. on Friday or Saturday, the 14th Street burger joint will now be closing the doors at 11 p.m. Sunday-Wednesday, and 3 a.m. Thursday. The Dupont location will also be open till 5 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and will close its doors at 3 a.m. on Wednesday and Thursday and 11 a.m. Sunday through Tuesday. The restaurant explained the move through Twitter that afternoon:

The area still has a pretty hefty late night eating scene. But with these new changes, we have to wonder: Are we not yet quite ready for that 24/7 lifestyle?

Update: Black and Orange chef Raynold Mendizabal has released a statement on the new hours.

“As of this week, Black & Orange has revised its operating hours at both restaurant locations, and the timing has been unfortunate due to the recent press surrounding our late night service hours. We’d like to take this time to clear up the reasons behind the changes.”
“Black & Orange is still committed to providing the best late-night food option for hungry diners in DC, but recent circumstances have pressed us into this arrangement until further notice. These considerations include operating cost versus demand during the very late hours, but most importantly, a challenge from the neighborhood association in the 14th Street corridor regarding our liquor license and sidewalk café application. To progress in obtaining a liquor license and to open our outdoor patio, we had to enter into negotiation with the local neighborhood associations; which have great influence on the granting of such permits under current dc policies. The result of such is a ‘voluntary agreement’ that shortens our hours of operation and unfairly limits our the hours of our alcohol sales.”
“At this time, we are actively pursuing a plan that will balance the neighborhood association’s requests with the demand from our late night customers, so we can resume as planned with our operating hours each day until 5am. We have the strongest commitment to providing quality food to our customers, and we know cravings happen late into the night, and as soon as possible, we’ll be back full-time to service those.”
“Until then, come join us for a full 18 hours of delicious burgers on Fridays and Saturdays, and just slightly fewer hours for the rest of the week.”
The revised hours are as follows
Dupont (1300 Connecticut)
Sun, Mon, Tues: 11am - 11pm
Wed, Thurs: 11am - 3am
Fri, Sat: 11am - 5am
14th & U
Sun, Mon, Tues, Wed: 11am - 11pm
Thurs: 11am - 3am
Fri, Sat: 11am - 5am

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