In an email to friends and supporters this week Carol Joynt announced this Sunday will be Georgetown restaurant Nathan’s last day in business.
“After 40 years of serving millions of happy and loyal customers, and opening its doors 365 days of every year, Nathans will close at last call on Sunday, July 12. We hope over the next week you will find the time to come in and enjoy a last drink and meal with us. We wish we could give it away, but economic reality is that we need your dollars.”
Joynt has been struggling with the restaurant’s debt since the death of her husband Howard Joynt in 1997. The former TV journo has hosted interviews with various other journos and Washingtonians in the Q&A Cafe at Nathan’s, which airs on DC cable. Joynt hopes to continue the program after the restaurant’s closing. “Mortal Friends” author Jane Stanton Hitchcock will be Q&A’s last guest at Nathan’s this Thursday.