The chef and co-owner of Suna on Capitol Hill says he is closing the restaurant after dinner service on Saturday.
Johnny Spero says “a lot of things” contributed to the decision he and his business partner, Ari Gejdenson, made earlier this week to pull the plug on a concept that opened in November and was scheduled for review in the Washington Post Magazine March 17.
Pre-opening, the owners described the concept as fine-dining without the fuss or the price tag. A four-course fixed price menu at Suna cost $48.
Spero, 27, who previously worked at Town House in tiny Chilhowie, Va., was reluctant to go into specifics about the matter, other than to say Suna opened “at a weird time.”
“We’d like to bow out gracefully,” he said.
His next step? “This happened so suddenly. I have no back-up plan.”