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Jan. 3, 2006 — The way it was

Last night, I had occasion to be in Georgetown, a neighborhood in the District of Columbia known for brick sidewalks, expensive shops, and the C & O Canal.

I parked near the canal for a short walk to the Barnes & Noble bookstore — right next to a building complex with some personal history.

I used to work in a building called Jefferson Court, which is at the bottom of the hill abutting K Street. Uphill is the Foundry, which used to host the unit for which I was working until last week.

One former feature of the Foundry was a restaurant and bar which was well-known for jazz brunches, Bloody Marys, and the slogan “Put The South In Your Mouth.” (Its barbeque, though, wasn’t as memorable as Hogs on the Hill).

But when you look in the windows of the Foundry where that bar used to be, all you see is office space. Ebony buffalos have replaced buffalo wings. Executive chairs have replaced barstools. Diplomas have replaced Dr. John posters.

It’s amazing how completely transformed the space is. But I guess when the suite in which I used to work as a legal assistant goes for $42,000 a month, not even champagne and caviar served 24/7 can match the revenue an office can generate.

Still, I miss that old restaurant.