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As we’ve alluded to previously, Tackle Box will be replaced by a restaurant conceived by Floriana owners. We received confirmation from Rachael O. Tapper Director of Marketing and Communications for Floriana that the company will be taking over the Tackle Box space on May 7. According to Tapper, “We are estimating a couple weeks of renovations and an open date of late May.” We look forward to this new addition to the neighborhood and wish Tackle Box the best of luck at its Georgetown location.
We’ve finally gathered enough sources together to confirm that Tackle Box will not reopen permanently in Cleveland Park. Prince of Petworth hinted as much this afternoon, but like most outlets up to this point, no confirmation was forthcoming. Although management has remained hush about its future, the staff has been permanently reassigned, with most moving to the Georgetown location. Unless something changes, we can confirm that you will not see a permanent Tackle Box space in Cleveland Park. We believe that the use of the space as Bandolero’s pop-up restaurant has made everyone play this close to the vest.
On the speculation side, there is mounting evidence that the Tackle Box space will become the next location for Floriana owner Dino Tapper. It is definite that Tapper has plans to open a Cleveland Park space in June, as we posted some time ago. The timeline seems to fit with the Tackle Box closing. We only have rumors and speculation on this right now, as nothing has been officially confirmed.
What does this mean for the Cleveland Park food scene? It’s difficult to say, but it should not cast doubt on the vitality of the neighborhood as the rash of closings did a few years ago. If anything, it is a good sign that a decent, yet poorly executed restaurant was able to find someone eager to take over their lease. If the Floriana owners do move into the space, it will be an interesting development. Their Dupont space is considered by most as “solid”, but it has never generated much buzz and certainly isn’t spectacular. We certainly are holding out hope that the Tapper family can bring another innovative and popular restaurant to the Cleveland Park food scene.
Cleveland Park could be adding another restaurant to the fold. Rachel Tapper recently tweeted that her husband, David, would be opening a restaurant in Cleveland Park this June. No word on concept, name, etc, but we’re excited about the possibility of another dining option in the neighborhood. We’ll update you when we hear more.
Their current restaurant is Floriana in Dupont Circle at 1602 17 St. NW.