Landmark Downtown Restaurant Washington Platform to Permanently Close

Owner and chef Jon Diebold says the closure has nothing to do with “the pandemic, the labor shortage, or any global shipping crisis.”

click to enlarge Washington Platform - PHOTO: PAIGE DEGLOW
Photo: Paige Deglow
Washington Platform

Landmark downtown restaurant Washington Platform is closing, owner and chef Jon Diebold announced in a Facebook post on Monday.

Established in 1875 (and re-established in 1986), the bar and restaurant served up New Orleans-style grub and drink to the Queen City for decades and was well-known for their oyster and lobster events,

Diebold wrote in the post that they want to end on a positive note, stressing that the closure has nothing to do with “the pandemic, the labor shortage, or any global shipping crisis.” He writes “we have weathered all those events, just as we have weathered other downturns in our three decades of business.”

He says the decision has been considered and well-thought-out and while loyal customers will be missed “it is time for a new chapter.”

Enjoy Washington Platform one last time at the holiday celebration, “Fest of the Seven Fishes.” It is still set for Dec. 23 and 24, with a seafood buffet, pasta station, assorted pies and live Jazz music.

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