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Georgetown’s Cafe La Ruche Will Close, Become Chez Billy Sud

The Hilton brothers to open Chez Billy, part deux.

Photograph via Flickr user kevharb.

A new wave of restaurants is hitting Georgetown, between eateries such as Mama Rouge, Orange Anchor, and now Chez Billy Sud, a spinoff of the Hilton brothers’ popular Petworth bistro, Chez Billy. The sister restaurant is set to open in what’s now the Cafe La Ruche space. The stalwart French restaurant, which served the neighborhood for the past 40 years, will close July 1. The nouveau Billy is slated for an August debut. 

As at the original location, chef Brendan L’Etoile will oversee a menu of homey and southern French fare, with dishes like steak and moules frites, roast chicken, and grilled merguez sausage with couscous. Richard Wagner has been tapped to be the toque on the ground at the Georgetown location, which will hold 60 seats both inside and on the picturesque outdoor patio. The crew plans for lunch and dinner (except on Mondays, when the restaurant will be closed), as well as weekend brunch. 

The move into Georgetown marks fresh territory for Eric and Ian Hilton, whose nightlife kingdom centers on U Street with spots such as Marvin, the Brixton, American Ice Co., and more. Stay tuned for details closer to the opening. 

  • DC_Resident

    It's a sad day when delicious local gems like Cafe La Ruche no longer have a place in our town. It will be missed.

  • Jerry A. Mccoy

    Could someone associated with Café La Ruche contact me, Jerry McCoy, librarian at the Georgetown Branch Library's Peabody Room, a special collections of Georgetown neighborhood history? Peabody Room would be honored to have the restaurant's exterior sign for its sign collection, a menu, and anything else you think might be of interest to future researchers. Thank you! / 202.727.0233

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