Taste of Jerusalem in happier times. Photo by Flickr user tackyjulie.
The restaurant gods giveth, the restaurant gods taketh away. The same week we get a new restaurant on the 8100 block of Georgia Avenue, news comes that Taste of Jerusalem has closed its doors after four years of operation. It's too bad, as I do like Middle Eastern food, though we still have Moby Dick's, Lebanese Taverna and Taste of Morocco. Yes I know the realize the first two are chains, but they are local chains.
Coincidentally, I happened to eat at Taste of Jerusalem just this Sunday night for admittedly only the second time ever. Something did seem amiss, as a woman who I believe was the owner's wife was serving as our waitress and she openly admitted that she had never waited tables before. There were only a couple other parties in the restaurant at the time, which made me worry about how their business were doing. I suppose in retrospect I was right to be worried.
That is a bit of a tough location, as it is away from the main strip, though Pacci's has so far proven they can draw a crowd. Hopefully something worthwhile will take that space. (Not another hair salon, please.)