One of the area's most controversial restaurants, Bebo Trattoria in Crystal City, closed its doors last night.
Launched to initial enthusiasm by veteran Washington chef Roberto Donna in 2006 -- remember how we swooned over the spaghetti with clams and the vitello tonnato? -- the sweeping Italian restaurant went on to become a punching bag for more than a few customers who complained about ever-worse service and indifferent cooking.
Reached late Thursday afternoon, Donna gave the by-now-standard response to the question of why his giant pizza oven went dark: "Business went down," by about 40 percent. Will he miss Bebo? "I liked the area, the concept," says the chef, who hints that his landlord there might already have a taker for the address.
While we had him on the phone, we had to ask about his plan, announced back in December, to reopen the restaurant that made him famous, Galileo, in the former Butterfield 9 spot downtown Washington. "I have a meeting tomorrow" with lawyers and others involved in the takeover, he assured us. Why the delay? "Lawyers take a long time."
We're hungry for more. Stay tuned.
-- Tom Sietsema
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