Tru Orleans, the troubled cajun restaurant on H Street that was recently shut down by the D.C. Government due to unpaid taxes, will not reopen according to co-owner Brad Howard. The restaurant had a history of trouble with its neighbors, which had prompted a major challenge over the renewal of its liquor license. There had also been a significant physical brawl at the restaurant (including several arrests) involving patrons and wait staff after a large party of customers refused to pay their check. You can read more about the restaurant’s history of financial and legal problems from the Washington City Paper and see our take on the food here.
District Cuisine sat down with co-owner Brad Howard in the days after the fight in July. Mr. Howard expressed frustration with the business and told us that major changes were coming to turn the restaurant around. According to Howard, Tru Orleans had just hired a new chef, was changing its menu, was ending sponsored events at the restaurant that had caused problems in the past, and was going to change its name. While these changes seemed promising, ultimately the restaurant’s problems were too great and it is now closed for good as Mr. Howard confirmed to District Cuisine today.