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May 5, 2009 at 4:06 PM

Consolidating restaurants: First Union Square Grill, now DC’s

Consolidated Restaurants continues to consolidate. In January, Union Square Grill was sold, and now DC’s Grill on the Sammamish Plateau is shuttered. “There’s a sale pending, and it’s very close but not completely finalized,” said Colleen O’Leary, director of Marketing for the company that brings us the big-time surf (Elliott’s Oyster House) and turf (Metropolitan Grill). “We’re hoping it happens very soon, they’re in negotiations with the landlord.”

DC’s, open since 2001, was developed as a growth concept, said O’Leary, “and we’ve come to the conclusion that it’s not a viable growth concept.” Unlike the Lost Lady American Cantina — the short-lived restaurant that replaced Union Square Grill — DC’s closure should not have come as a surprise to the staff, who had been told the restaurant was for sale, she said. “We tried to keep them in the loop.”

That loop was pretty short last week, or so I hear from a customer who wrote to say staffers learned of the closure Thursday. “It’s a big loss to the Plateau,” he added. As for the prospective buyer? For now, “Unfortunately, we aren’t at liberty to disclose that information,” O’Leary said.

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