It could be fini for the Sans Souci.
The name means "without care," and on Thursday the venerable meeting and eating place for Washington's elite also could be without its banquettes, china, silverware, linen and any other chattel that might be bought at a foreclosure sale set for 10:30 a.m. at the auction house of Adam A. Weschler & Son at 905 E St. NW.
The Sans has been in financial trouble and has been up for sale for months. One of the former owners, Gus Diamond, claims that owner-operator Bernard Gorland owes him about $300,000 in interest on a note. So Diamond has filed for foreclosure.
"I don't have to have all the money," said Dimitri Mallios, Diamond's attorney. "But I want to see some money -- green money. If we don't see it, we'll probably see you at Weschler's."
It was reported in Saturday's Washington Post that Gorland has been trying to sell the restaurant for the past few months. His attorney, Robert Reaver, said two parties have expressed interest, but that their bids are subject to the approval of William B. and Henry A. Willard, two brothers who own the building in which the restaurant is located.
"It's possible this may not be worked out before Thursday," he said yesterday, "and then it's a moot point."
"If we can get the approval of the Willards," said Mallios, "my client may take the restaurant back, and run it himself."
Plus c,a change, plus c'est la me me chose.