Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Planet Buca's? The Return of Planet Hollywood to DC

Planet Hollywood is coming back to DC. No, thankfully the chain isn't reopening its 11th and Pennsylvania restaurant anytime soon. However, the owners, including Sylvester Stallone, Danny DeVito and Martin Sheen are buying the Italian food chain Buca di Beppo. Buca's was a favorite of mine when I first moved here and for years I didn't realize it was a nationwide chain. DC's Buca is at 1825 Connecticut Ave NW, in Dupont, directly in front of a 42 bus stop.

The Planet Hollywood folks are looking to diversify, as if they hadn't realized that the PH brand has been slowly dying off for at least 10 years. I think the Planet Hollywood on Pennsylvania Ave closed in 2001 or 2002. The only change we're likely to see is the introduction of Danny DeVito's alcoholic Limoncello drink. Supposedly, this drink is taking America by storm. Never heard of it. I'd go for a taste if I could meet Danny DeVito though. Good luck to the guys and here's to not fixing a restaurant if it isn't broken.