As I have noted over the years, there has been a steady attrition of restaurants from M Street, and with Qdoba closing recently, the trend does not seem to be abating. Will this cause a long-term problem for Georgetown? Let’s consider.

When I originally began the Georgetown Metropolitan, my first task was to take a census of all the stores of Georgetown. Looking back at that original list from December 2008, I can track how many restaurants on M Street have closed since. And according to this analysis, 16 restaurants have closed on M Street out of the 45 that were open at the time.

Not all of those closures meant fewer restaurants overall since some were replaced with new ones. For instance, Nathans became Serendipity 3 (which, of course, is not a one-for-one trade). Taking that into account, the overall drop is eight.

[Continue reading Topher Mathews’ post at The Georgetown Metropolitan.]

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