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Dec 17, 2013 02:39 PM

Farewell to Hamburger Hamlet

Never liked the place. Thought the burgers were totally lousy. Too loud, too crowded, too meh. Oh occasion, though, that's where everyone wanted to go so we went. We had a few OK meals.

Word via the RobertDyer blog is that HH is now closing. The chain itself has filed for bankruptcy. Auction is underway. Per Dyer, "An employee who answered the telephone Sunday confirmed the Hamburger Hamlet name will be dropped, and that the name will be changed to simply, Du-par's. He said new exterior signs would be installed."

Just goes to show. If you've got a bar and parking, you can survive years in this town even if the food is meh.

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  1. If the Little Taverns had liquor and parking, they'd probably still be around. Check out the Billy Goat Tavern. There's your proof. Never underestimate the power of a liquor license.

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    1. re: flavrmeistr

      There used to be a Hamburger Hamlet close to Friendship Heights on Wisconsin Avenue but that closed in the 1970's. The food was so-so but it was one of the few restaurants in that area in that era that looked fancy inside. People were impressed enough with the decor to let the food be what it was.

    2. Du-par's? That's a well-loved mini-chain (4 or 5 locations) out west. They're known for pies and pancakes.

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      1. re: Larry

        My husband LOVES pie so I went into HH/DuPar's to check out the pies. Not at all impressive. They looked like plastic. Totally unappetizing. For now, we are sticking with Catoctin Mountain Orchard. If we happen to go out to the Shenandoah National Park, we stop at the Buckland Farm Market. Their pies are better than OK.

        1. Got some burgers at the HH in Crystal City a few months back. Cooked medium rare with properly cooked fries at a reasonable price point, unlike the dry flavorless overpriced thing Spike served me around the corner.

          1. The Palm Beach HH was always pretty good. Never tried any of the others.