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Feb 2, 2011 03:58 PM


I just heard that Penang has closed. It's a shame that it was closed for so long after the fire, then reopened, and then closed again so quickly.

Anyone know what happened? Was it just the usual "Not bringing in enough business"?

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  1. didn't know they closed but not surprised. bad location.......if they had been on lets say woodmont avenue or bethesda ave they would be a big success!

    1. From what I heard from friends and family, the food and drinks were horrible, and the drinks were really the only reason to go...that is, if you could afford the outrageous prices for the drinks.

      I think it was just a bad location, what with Malaysia Kopitiam and much cheaper places to grab a drink surrounding it. It might have had a chance in Penn Quarter, maybe.

      Malaysia Kopitiam
      1827 M St NW, Washington, DC 20036

      1. Are you talking about the Bethesda location, the DC location, or both?

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        1. re: woodleyparkhound

          Sorry for not being clear. I'm only aware of the status of the DC location, which I'm told has closed. I'm vaguely aware of a Metro stop called "Bethesda" but don't know anything about that area.

          1. re: Garlic Guy

            are you serious. if so, bethesda is one of the great clusters of restaurants around. and there is a penang (i hope still) in bethesda along with another 100 or so restaurants

            1. re: dining with doc

              Well, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is no longer in Bethesda, so I can see how you might not know anything about the area.

              1. re: GraydonCarter

                oh yeah most of the NGIA packed up for (and essentially back to) Navy Yard and Chantilly a long time ago - open secret, but opaque facilities.(technically I believe it's known as just NGA now but then they change their acronym every few years anyway. NPIC, NRO, the list goes on)

                I can commiserate with garlic guy, I lived in SF for 10 years and always felt I needed my passport to cross the bay.

                1. re: hill food

                  Thanks, Hill Food. I'm exaggerating a bit, but having once lived in Manhattan, I did pick up a habit of avoiding crossing rivers unless absolutely necessary.

        2. Just to clarify: the two Penangs were never related, though both emanate from NYC. The DC Penang was part of a larger national chain, and the the Bethesda one from a family that has three locations in the NYC area and maybe a couple of others as well.