Sequoia Reopened Thursday on the Georgetown Waterfront
The ring of restaurants along the Washington Harbour was hit hard by the flooding in April; Sequoia was the first to reopen Thursday.
Even as the whurring of generators and the rumbling of industrial truck engines fill the air, the staff at the ring of waterfront restaurants ready the spaces to once again serve food and drinks along the Potomac.
Bartender Brendad Simmons said he got the call Wednesday night that Thursday would be the day. He said both the bar and wait staff helped with the cleanup after the April flood destroyed the ground floor lobby and ruined the food and other supplies in the lower level storage area.
Sequoia reopened its outside seating area Thursday at 4 p.m. and rolled out its summer menu and summer hours in the process.
Though Tony & Joe's had hoped to open the same day, as they posted on their facebook wall, manager Ed Lynch said things had taken longer than expected to get ready. They are hoping to open both the outside seating at Tony & Joe's and Nick's Friday.
The restaurant group received a temporary permit for an outside kitchen, so in addition to drinks they will offer a limited menu.
"We're going back to basics," said Lynch.
Customers can expect the usual outside setup with the familiar casual dining tables and iconic blue umbrellas for shade. To accommodate the outside kitchen the area usually filled with late night summer revelers will be replaced with grills and other cooking equipment.
"We'll cook until we run out of light," said Lynch when asked how late they would serve food.
Check Tony & Joe's Facebook page to see if they will in fact be open once again.