Les Halles Brasserie, a Washington, D.C., institution for the last 15
years, went out of business suddenly yesterday after negotiations on a
new lease broke down. Michael Birchenall, publisher of Foodservice
Monthly, broke the news today on his SAUCE ON THE SIDE blog.
Halles was never cutting edge, but it was always fun. Its campy bistro
decor, its sidewalk seating and its annual Bastille Day waiters races
gave us a little taste of Paris on Pennsylvania Avenue, our own Champs
Elysees, just two blocks from the White House.
What will Washingtonians do without Les Halles’ annual choucroute festival in February?