The Coupe to End 24-Hour ServiceBy Rina Rapuano
January 28, 2014
The Coupe’s Twitter feed is ablaze with people responding to the news that the restaurant will no longer stay open 24 hours a day starting in February. Neighborhood followers are disappointed, but the restaurant maintains that it didn’t make business sense to continue considering the numbers.
General manager Maxwell Hessman released this statement: “The Coupe management has decided to move away from the 24-hour cycle for one very basic reason: after a year and half, the sales are not there to support our large scale operation late night. We labored over this decision for quite some time and feel it is in the best interest for our company and our customers. We will still be open from early morning to late night to provide each and every guest a wonderful experience.”
Beginning February 11, the Columbia Heights restaurant's new hours will be 6 AM-midnight Sunday through Thursday and 6 AM-1 AM Friday and Saturday.
In addition, Prince of Petworth - which broke the news today - says the restaurant will expand its wine program over the next few months while decreasing the emphasis on cocktails and craft beer offerings. The food will also transition from diner eats toward a cafe-style menu by April, the report says.
The Coupe’s sister restaurant, The Diner, will remain one of the few 24-hour restaurants in the DC area.