“Female-Friendly” Steakhouse STK Is Closing Its DC Location

The last day of service is December 17.

Photograph courtesy of STK.

Two-and-a-half years after bare-midriff models in short skirts graced its red-carpet opening party, the DC location of “Not Your Daddy’s Steakhouse” STK is closing. Its last day will be December 17, a receptionist confirmed. OpenTable reservations also cut off after the 17th.

Management from the restaurant could not immediately be reached for comment.

STK promoted itself as a “modern steakhouse geared toward females,” yet it played up gender stereotypes. The restaurant seemed to peddle the notion that women want petite portions by offering small versions of its steaks. And between its “sexy” decor and cocktails dubbed “summertime fling” or “secret affair,” the place looked more like it was designed for men trying to pick up women.

“It’s for the crowd that wants that sleek sexy flirtatious experience,” the restaurant’s then-marketing and PR director told me in 2013.

STK still has outposts in Las Vegas, London, Los Angeles, Miami, and beyond.

Jessica Sidman
Food Editor

Jessica Sidman covers the people and trends behind D.C.’s food and drink scene. Before joining Washingtonian in July 2016, she was Food Editor and Young & Hungry columnist at Washington City Paper. She is a Colorado native and University of Pennsylvania grad.