Wednesday, January 15, 2014
YACHT CLUB OF BETHESDA SPACE FOR LEASE AT DOUBLETREE HOTEL
In the last few years, the hotel had considered renting out the space as a self-storage facility. It would certainly be preferable as a nightspot, in my opinion. Currently, that block of Woodmont Avenue is dead as a doornail at night. With life potentially coming to both sides of Woodmont on the next block north, a new dining/nightlife establishment would really help that corridor of the Woodmont Triangle - bigtime. As it is, you have some pedestrian traffic going in and out of the two hotels on the block, and some at Guapo's. But the block is rather lonely after dark, when most businesses there close. It didn't used to be that way, when Tommy the Matchmaker's singles bar crowd lined up outside.
Personally, I would think the spot has a lot of potential. You have a lot of business travelers, and a good bar or nightclub - promoted to hotel guests - could draw in customers who have quite a few options a bit further away. And that would really help to activate that block. Serving food from the hotel's kitchen could also draw more attention to the other dining options the Doubletree has inside the hotel.
As Tommy used to say, "Goodnight from the Yacht Club of Bethesda!"