R.I.P. Brasserie Les Halles

Brasserie Les Halles has served its last onglet. The Gallic-inspired chain is shutting down its DC branch after 15 years, effective immediately.

Philippe Lajaunie, the charming, permanently tanned owner, told me last night, "I tried using my option but the new rent conditions were just unbearable. It has been swell."Les Halles was among the first restaurants to set up shop in Penn Quarter—in fact, it preceded Penn Quarter. Fifteen years ago, the now-buzzing area was largely untrafficked and dark at night. No one thought to bestow a cute nickname on it.

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