The Last Changing of The Guards?

Photo by Judith Beermann
The Guards today
The Guards today

There’s a rent sign in the window now. For many Washingtonians and tourists, the closing of The Guards represents the end of a very long era.

The Guards on M Street (Photo by: Judith Beermann) The Guards on M Street

Established in 1966, it’s been said Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack hung out there, and more recently under the ownership of Hossein Shirvani, visited by Sylvester Stallone and John Travolta. According to The Washington Post, the owner has chosen not to renew the lease.

Ever popular for a beer and burger especially at the two cozy window seats facing M Street. Popular for decades with neighbors, visitors and college kids.

The wood-paneled main dining room was designed to resemble a ship with inviting fireplace. Downstairs, another bar area, previously outfitted with banquettes, and that huge early 20th century historic fireplace mantle transplanted from New York City, with carved gryphons, in the aptly named Gryphon Room.

Has Georgetown lost another landmark for good?

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Jerry A. McCoy

The Peabody Room, the special collections of Georgetown neighborhood history located on the third floor of the Georgetown Branch Library, would very much like to obtain a sign and menu from the Guards to add to its archives.

Thank you for helping us preserve Georgetown's history!

Jerry A. McCoy
Peabody Room


You guys don't need to put in a "copywright" symbol when referring to The Washington Post! Just refer to The Washington Post, without the symbol! It's too bad The Guards is closing, and it's questionable why the building owner is not renewing the lease on a respected, well-loved restaurant that's been there for decades. What a loss for Georgetown and the city. And what's better to go in that space? Another chain restaurant? Another chain store? Another national store or restaurant? No, that's not better. The Guards should remain The Guards--that's all there is to it.

Judith Beermann

It's not a copyright symbol, it's a link to the article.

James Canning

A sad loss.

Peter in Buenos Aires

Wow. If Hossein is 60, then I must be 70, which means we both are getting a bit old to be staying up all night! Having been a regular there from at least 1971 until I moved to New York City in 1989, I can attest to the specialness of the place. The excellent food and drink, the staff, the locale, and the customers all made for one of the nicer bars ever in Washington and Georgetown. It's a sad truth that you can't go home again, but if we could, I would probably know a couple hundred of the ghosts from years past who would be jamming the place seeking a cocktail and catching up.

Certainly one of the best memories I have of my time in Georgetown!

Cheers to all, especially Hossein,

Peter Winterble
Buenos Aires