Quarterdeck Restaurant Gets a New Lease on Life

by ARLnow.com December 9, 2010 at 5:01 am 2,953 11 Comments

The Quarterdeck Restaurant has been saved.

Owner Lou Gatti, who suddenly announced last month that the 31-year-old seafood restaurant would be closing, now says the Fort Myer Heights institution will, in fact, remain open.

The dramatic reversal, sure to please legions of local crab lovers and dive bar enthusiasts, is due to a breakthrough in the restaurant’s lease negotiations, Gatti said in an email late last night.

For a while, it looked like we would have to close. This was finally settled today. We have another 15 year lease. It seems that the landlord, who has also been my friend for the last 15 years, and I had trouble reaching an agreement; it took 3 months. In retrospect, it reminds me more of a family disagreement; now, everything’s back to normal.

I want to thank all of you for the kind emails and the memories of the Quarterdeck you shared. Like you, I have always loved the Quarterdeck from my first visit, which was over 3 decades ago. The most moving story was from someone who lamented she would not be able to bring her children to the QD, as her parents had done with her.

Patrick Morrogh, a nine year veteran of the QD and a manager, will take over the day to day operations. I think the younger folks need to implement fresh ideas. At 62, I will still be in charge of something, but I don’t know what.

We will be updating our website: http://www.qdrest.com .

Thanks to all of you.

Lou Gatti

  • LP

    Good stuff!

  • Katie

    What a refreshingly frank and genuine email.

    I’d like to give them my business but I’m allergic to crab; do they have anything else?

    • G::NativeArlingtonian

      This is great news! Thanks Lou! (and ArlingtonNow for keeping up with the story) To answer you Katie, they sure do. I usually went for a burger or chicken sandwich. Simple but tasty eats.

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  • CrystalMikey

    Great news!

  • Let’s Be Free

    Too bad the same resurrection could not have befallen Whitey’s.

  • Nice neighborhood place; will be interested to see what changes, if any, will be made by Patrick.

  • QPGirl

    So glad to hear this! Great local crab place.

  • charlie

    the power of ARLNOW!!

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  • Kimmy

    Damn I was hoping it would be leveled and I would have a place to park. I am so sick of driving around look for a space.


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