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Updated: Evening Star Cafe to Close for Renovations

Restaurant will stay open through Nov. 5 then close for an undisclosed amount of time for facelift, according to The Washington Post.

3 p.m. update — Megan Bailey, the Neighborhood Restaurant Group's director of public relations, confirms that Evening Star Cafe has suspended lunch service until the renovation is completed.

Bailey also confirmed that earlier this year NRG purchased the building as well as the building that formerly housed Barkley Square.

"Yes, we do own both of those buildings now, but currently have no plans involving them," Bailey wrote in an email.

after news of the potential sale broke.

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will close for renovations on Nov. 6 and will reopen later that month, according to The Washington Post.

Tom Sietsema wrote Tuesday evening in the Post’s Going Out Gurus blog that Neighborhood Restaurant Group co-owner Michael Babin has hired the restaurant’s initial designer, Rick Singleton, to lead the overhaul.

Babin told the Post that the building, located at 2000 Mt. Vernon Avenue, was never meant to be a restaurant. NRG earlier this year and recently put on a new roof. Babin told the Post he hopes to install a 2,000-square-foot garden up there.

Evening Star Cafe has been without a chef since close of business Saturday, which marked Will Artley’s final shift.

Artley, who had been with the restaurant for six years, isn’t jumping to another restaurant right away, according to the Post.

In August, Artley participated in an event at James Beard House in New York with other Washington-area chefs. He is expected to appear on an upcoming episode of “Chopped” on the Food Network.

Artley and Evening Star Cafe at June’s Taste of Del Ray for a beet salad.

How much of a loss do you think Artley is to Evening Star? Tell us in the comments.

Nancy Drane October 26, 2011 at 10:41 AM
I really liked Artleys farm to table approach. We also arranged a few farm table dinners at planet wine and Artleys menu was delicious. Sorry to see him leave.
Sarah Wholey October 26, 2011 at 01:43 PM
We are very sad to see Chef Will go!
N Steven Gray October 26, 2011 at 04:10 PM
Also worth noting: Until the renovations have been completed, Evening Star Cafe is no longer serving lunch. (I just walked by and they have posed a sign in the window with this info.)
Miller October 27, 2011 at 01:49 AM
Will will be missed, terribly. He has been a creative constant with the menu and I can't imagine the restaurant without him.
Michael Babin October 27, 2011 at 05:08 PM
Many, many thanks to Will Artley; for all he’s done for the Star, for his active engagement with the community, and most of all for his friendship and good will—he’s been great to work with, and we will always support him in his future endeavors. When we opened the Evening Star Café nearly fifteen years ago, Del Ray was a very different place—still wonderful, but definitely different. From the start, the owners and many of the employees have lived in the neighborhood, and we conceived the Star to reflect and embody the character of Del Ray. As the neighborhood has changed, the Star has changed with it, but some things have stayed the same: a commitment to using only the best and freshest ingredients; a commitment to building and supporting a great team, some of whom have been with us since day one; most of all, a commitment to our guests—to giving you a great value and a great experience every time you walk through our doors. Now, we’re very excited to be executing a long-planned renovation of the building and expansion of our offerings. I hope you’ll check in at our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/eveningstarcafe) to keep up with the details of the renovation and to get updates on the closing and re-opening events we’ll be hosting, including the appearance of some former ESC team members who longtime guests will be happy to see back in their former roles for limited engagements. We hope to see you there! Michael Babin

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