Bartleby’s Books to be replaced by Hu’s Wear restaurant

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Bartleby's co-owner, Karen Griffin is planning to continue Bartleby's antiquarian book business online after the brick-and-morta
Bartleby's co-owner, Karen Griffin is planning to continue Bartleby's antiquarian book business online after the brick-and-morta

It was a headscratcher back in early August when the Dish and The Georgetown Metropolitan reported that clothing store Hu’s Wear intended to open a restaurant and would be awarded one of seven new liquor licenses in

Bartleby's Books now located at 1132 29th Street NW, has been in business  for 27 years (Photo by: Bartleby’s Books) Bartleby's Books now located at 1132 29th Street NW, has been in business for 27 years
Georgetown.  Even then it was clear that Hu’s Wear coveted the space occupied by the Georgetown landmark Bartleby’s Books.
 
Now it’s official: antiquarian book store Bartleby’s Books, one of Georgetown’s long-time non-food, non-liquor, non-national chain, non-clothes stores will be replaced by the new restaurant, which will be conveniently located around the corner from Hu’s Wear and Hu’s Shoes on M Street.
 
“We’re heartbroken,” says Karen Griffin, who owns Bartleby’s with John Thomson.  “After 27 years, the changing times in the book world mean it doesn’t make sense for us to relocate.”  The partners intend to “adapt and go online.” Griffin adds, “While people can do business on the internet, it is important for people to see a place like this where you can browse and see what’s on the left and on the right on the shelf.”  The store specializes in Americana, law and economics.
 
Reaction to Bartleby’s Books closing has been muted, with only GM and the surrounding independent merchants expressing concern that Georgetown will be losing a great store.
 
The Hu restaurant will be issued one of the seven new liquor licenses recently authorized by the Districts Alcohol Beverage Control Broad.  The other six are going to Bill’s Bar & Burger, 3347 M St.; Tackle Box, 3245 M St.; Puro Caf, 1529 Wisconsin Ave.; SPINDC, 1010 Wisconsin Ave.; Paul Bakery, 1078 Wisconsin Ave.; and Zenobia Lounge, 1025 31st St.
 

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Many folks are sad about the Bartleby's closing--the world needs as many bookstores as possible, in as many places as possible. And Georgetown, of all places, needs a real bookstore, as well as other similar stores. People everywhere need to get the heck out of this moronic online shopping thing--shopping for an item on a computer is literally simply not the same as getting off of your rear and walking or driving to a real store, and looking at a real item in a real place, on a real shelf. That's shopping. Additionally, there are very real fiscal, economical, business, cultural, civic and community advantages, benefits and positives to having a real store in a real neighborhood, with real people shopping there. It's too bad, and sad, and unfortunate, that Bartleby's Bookstore is closing after 27 years. It's also too bad that people can't invest the time to actually shop at a real bookstore, and buy real books. Georgetown, D.C., and the D.C. area needs Bartleby's Bookstore.