Level One restaurant, which has operated for about 10 years in the first floor space of the building on 17th and R St., N.W. that’s occupied in the upper two floors by the gay bars Cobalt and 30 Degrees, has closed temporarily for redecorating, according to its owner Eric Little.
The closing was first announced in a Facebook posting Friday morning, Dec. 22, by Level One manager Leigh Ann Hendricks. People familiar with the restaurant said the staff was informed of the closing Thursday night, which was its last night of operation until it reopens.
“After an agreement to work with another restaurateur crumbled the owner decided to close Level One for a short period of time to redecorate,” Little told the Washington Blade in a statement.
“We are looking forward to reopening the first floor with an exciting new look in early 2018. In the meantime Cobalt and 30 Degrees remain open,” Little said in his statement.
Little is the owner of Cobalt and 30 Degrees as well as Level One. He’s also the owner of the 17th Street gay bar JR.’s, which is located two blocks from the building in which Level One, 30 Degrees and Cobalt are located.