Goodbye Red Sage

News that one of my old haunts in Washington, Red Sage, is closing on December 22.

News that one of my old haunts in Washington, Red Sage, is closing on December 22.

For someone who has spent a lot of time in New Mexico and loves the food in the Land of Enchantment, Red Sage was a haven for lovers of good Southwestern food. For the five years that I wore a suit and served as Vice President for Political Programs for the National Association of Realtors, located just up the street from the 14th Street, NW, establishment, I ate a lot of lunches and dinners at the establishment.

No more. Red Sage will join a long list of Washington eateries that hit town in a blaze of glory and fell victim to the greed of others.

“Our landlord is committed to pricing us out of the same neighborhood we helped create,” said Dan Mesches, a partner in Red Sage. The restaurant opened 15 years ago and served an average of 15,000 to 20,000 patrons a month. At one point, the place was so popular that if you called to cancel a hard-to-get reservation the hostess would say something like “great!”

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