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Fine-dining restaurant Marcel’s in DC’s West End is closing after 25 years

Marcel’s, the West End establishment that for much of its existence represented the epitome of fine dining in Washington, D.C., announced Wednesday that it would close its doors, weeks after chef-owner Robert Wiedmaier marked the 25th anniversary of his flagship restaurant fourth.

Wiedmaier told The Washington Post that he was willing to negotiate a new 10-year lease, but he said the building’s new landlord would not negotiate better terms — something he said needed to happen to reflect the difficult climate facing restaurants are confronted. According to a statement Wiedmaier posted on the restaurant’s website, the last day of service will be May 12.