Jour et Nuit, Washington D.C. 1970s
This simple and elegant menu cover was from Jour et Nuit – Day and Night – a French restaurant located in Georgetown, Washington DC.
Located in an 18th century townhouse once owned by an early governor of Maryland, it attracted a faithful following for its elegant surroundings and white-jacketed waiter service.. There was a year-round terrace with a glass roof and other diners were served in three small and cosy rooms, one of which had a blazing fireplace.
A 1978 review in the Washington Post said the restaurant on M and 30th Street ‘feels as close as any restaurant to dining at home.’ But the article also gave a mixed review of the quality of food.
The original owner was not French – Zlatan ‘Louie’ Stamenich also owned Russian and Serbian restaurants.
By 1981, the restaurant had been sold to Washington attorney Paul Kurtz and a partner.
They also bought the Cellar Door, the legendary Washington folk club that helped boost the careers of stars such as Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, John Denver, Richard Pryor, Neil Young and Jackson Brown.
They renamed it The Door but the intimate acoustic nightclub scene was already on the wane and the club closed for good less than a year later. It also turned out that Mr Kurtz had been practicing law without a license and he landed in trouble with the FBI and other authorities.
This Jour et Nuit menu is from the late 1970s.
Each order includes a print of the interior menu.
All printed in USA.