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Georgetown’s Nathan’s To Close Sunday, Q&A Cafe Temporarily Displaced

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.

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In the photo: Joynt interviews Ben Bradlee, Sally Quinn and Quinn Bradlee recently in the Q&A Cafe at Nathan’s.

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DC-Based Novel “Mortal Friends” Hits Bookshelves This Week, Honey


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Bob Schieffer opened his interview with “Mortal Friends” author Jane Stanton Hitchcock with the same question on every long-time Washingtonian’s mind…

“I’m going to ask the obvious question- am I in this book?”

On CBS’ webcast “Washington Unplugged,” the novelist, and wife of WaPo foreign affairs editor Jim Hoagland, described her latest as “a book about how Washington really works, how friendships really work and how old haunts of the past can come back to you.”

“Mortal Friends” hits bookshelves today and is a murder-mystery (Hitchcock prefers to call it a novel with a murder in it) set to the background of Washington. She says DC makes the perfect backdrop because life here is like “high school with wrinkles.” Hitchcock says there’s an official and a superficial Washington- her novel is about the superficial, which is “where most of the work gets done.”

And just how is Washington run? “Honey, it is run by the women,” she told Schieffer. “They may look like wonderful accessories in pastel suits but, honey, they are artfully concealed weapons of mass destruction.”

Hitchcock starts her “Mortal Friends” media blitz this week, and from what we can tell so far, it’s a Washington must-read.