My favorite restaurant in Washington, DC suffered a serious fire early yesterday morning while the place was empty. Check out the pictures from Tim Carman at the Washington City Paper to get a feel for the damage at Todd Gray’s Equinox.
It certainly wasn’t as bad as it could have been, but there is clearly extensive work that needs to be done to allow it to reopen.
Those who know me know that I spend considerable time dining at Equinox during my weekly visits to the city. Todd, Ellen, and the entire staff are all great people who provide excellent food and service.
This is obviously a tough time of year to have something like this happen, but it sounds like the Todd and his crew are already rebounding, having set up shop in some dining space provided by another DC establishment, Aria. Hopefully this will allow Equinox to honor the reservations of those who have holiday dining plans so they can still enjoy the quality meals they have been known for over the past decade plus.
I haven’t had a chance to talk to Todd yet, but it surely has to qualify as a roller-coaster year. It started with President-elect Obama and the future First Lady making it their first fine dining stop in the city just before they officially took office and it ends with this serious challenge.
I’m obviously rooting for Todd and the team to be back in place as quickly as possible. In the meantime, I plan to eat wherever he is cooking when I return to DC after this holiday break.