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Nov 20, 2013 04:05 AM

Dino closing/moving

As reported in eater:

We simply are not doing the kind of business necessary to justify keeping our doors open," said owner Dean Gold in an email blast this afternoon.

Gold is eying another "fabulous location" for the restaurant, but a lease has not been signed. An official closing date has not been set for Dino. Until it closes, the restaurant will be offering specials, and charging half-off any wine bottles priced over $150.

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  1. mr. gold, come to northern virginia. our taxes are lower. you can lower your prices and do good business here. tyson's corner has a location where slade's/norton's american grill & bar was located, and it is recently vacated. if capital grille can do the mall, so can you?

    but there are other nice locations in arlington, alexandria, falls church….

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    1. re: alkapal

      They're eyeing Shaw, which looks like a good fit. Lots of foot traffic, disposable income, regular diners, and more pedestrian friendly than service road obsessed Cleveland Park.

      1. re: monkeyrotica

        To say that I'm excited about the move to Shaw is an understatement.

        1. re: monkeyrotica

          And Shaw it shall be. To be known as Dino's Grotto. Last night at the current location = January 12.

        2. re: alkapal

          He would never be able to have the fantastic wine list he has now in Virginia.

            1. re: alkapal

              A little less fantastic after tonight's dinner. Costanti Brunello 2003 for $75 and Marcarini Barolo 2006 for $80 after discount.

              1. re: alkapal

                DC permits restaurants to be importers by paying a small license fee. Dean actually wanted to open his restaurant in MD, where he and Kay live, but would not have been able to have the wine program that he has there. It would also be difficult in any three tier state to get the wines he has on his list. Just take a look at his list. I beleive that he sells more wine from Montalcino than any other restaurant in the country. Most of those wines are not available through VA or MD and only because he can import them from Italy.

                1. re: dinwiddie

                  thanks for explaining that. i realize that the wine importation/distribution laws are far more complicated than i had imagined. it is an archaic system that hurts competition, doesn't it?

            2. re: alkapal

              I think that's exactly what he's looking for, to follow in the steps of Capital Grille!

                1. re: lawhound

                  Never having been to a Capital Grille, what steps might those be?

                  1. re: MikeR

                    i think he was just snarking -- either about mr. dean or capital grille or me. hard for mere mortals to discern the stuff of gods, mikeR…..just accept your position down here out of the aethersphere. LOL