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Mayfair & Pine (2218 Wisconsin Ave.) has closed, The Washington Post’s Tom Sietsema reports. Chef Emily Sprissler had some tart parting words for the neighborhood, Sietsema writes:

Did competition do them in? “We did not have any competition when it came to food on the strip,” says the chef. “No one had the chops, the creativity.” People in the area, she adds, preferred getting meals “delivered to their door.”

We’ll give her this: that’s a creative explanation for the restaurant’s troubles.

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On most Mondays, Mayfair & Pine (2218 Wisconsin Ave.) is closed. But on December 24—Christmas Eve—the restaurant will host a prix fixe dinner. “Some of our regulars have requested us to be open,” explains chef Emily Sprissler in an email, “so we will be open.”  The restaurant will offer a three-course meal—including a choice of glazed rib-eye steak, citrus-roasted chicken, or a TBD veggie option—starting at 5 p.m., for a charge of $30. Dessert will be pecan pie a la mode.

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Mayfair & Pine (2218 Wisconsin Ave.) has announced “Soccer Saturday”: a full English breakfast available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays only, with Premier League soccer on three big-screen TVs starting at 10 a.m. The $9 meal includes eggs, Irish bangers, fried mushrooms, and streaky bacon; throw in an extra $2 for bottomless Tetley tea.

Tottenham Hotspur fans, be warned: chef Emily Sprissler is a lifelong supporter of  Arsenal.

UPDATE: Mayfair & Pine is now open for breakfast—including French toast, buttermilk pancakes, or their full English breakfast—both Saturdays and Sundays starting at 7:30 a.m.

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Olga Boikess of the Zagat blog takes readers inside Mayfair & Pine, the gastropub set to open July 20 at 2218 Wisconsin Ave., the former home of Town Hall.

As we have reported, chef Emily Sprissler and her husband Jason Coté plan a family-friendly restaurant with touches of London (the ambience) and San Francisco (the cuisine). Boikess describes Sprissler’s menu as “childhood faves re-imaged for everyday dining,” including potpies, a candied-apple salad, and a children’s menu featuring grilled cheese and fish ‘n’ chips. Adds the writer: “Future plans include family happy-hour deals offering inexpensive children’s plates, with the lure of a free cookie if the vegetables are eaten.”

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Paperwork has caused another delay in the much-anticipated opening of Mayfair & Pine, the family-friendly, pub-style seafood restaurant planned for 2218 Wisconsin Ave., the former home of Town Hall (now at 2340 Wisconsin Ave.). Chef Emily Sprissler tells us no opening date has been set, but “we are looking at mid-June at this point.”

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From the April 2012 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

The grand opening of Mayfair & Pine (2218 Wisconsin Ave.) has been delayed a few weeks, says chef and co-owner Emily Sprissler. “We really wanted to be open by the last week of April,” she says. “Now we’re looking at the first or second week of May.” Though Sprissler plans few changes to the old Town Hall property, the process of securing approvals from city agencies including the Department of Health and the Fire Marshal is taking longer than anticipated. “There are a lot of parties involved,” she says.

One potential source of delay was an Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration investigation regarding a New Year’s Eve party at the old Town Hall. The event featured a DJ, but the restaurant neglected to apply for permission to provide entertainment, according to an ABRA investigation. On March 2, the Town Hall owners’ group paid a $250 fine to resolve the matter, clearing the way for a license transfer to Mayfair & Pine. Town Hall moved to its current location, 2340 Wisconsin Ave., in early January.

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From the March 2012 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

A new restaurant that blends San Francisco cuisine with “the simplicity and welcoming atmosphere of a British pub” will take over Town Hall‘s former location in late April, says its chef, Emily Sprissler. Called Mayfair & Pine, the new eatery at 2218 Wisconsin Ave. will be owned by Sprissler and her husband, fellow chef Jason Coté, both of whom were trained in the Bay Area. Their restaurant will be “very family-oriented,” with a menu emphasis on fish and other seafood, Sprissler says.

A 2006 contestant on Bravo TV’s Top Chef, Sprissler grew up in the DC area and has been back in Virginia with Coté for about three years. The couple had been hunting for a restaurant space in Virginia, not DC, but that changed after their broker urged them to look at 2218 Wisconsin Ave. The business was newly on the market due to Town Hall’s January move to its current location, 2340 Wisconsin Ave.

The first time Sprissler came to look at the property, she saw a packed Guy Mason playground and sensed a neighborhood vibe she’d been missing since her time in San Francisco. “I had my three-year-old son with me,” she recalls, “and the minute we got out of the car, I knew that, come hell or high water, we needed to make this work.”

Patrons won’t notice many changes to the restaurant’s interior, Sprissler jokes: “Our budget is a can of paint.” She plans a kids’ menu with entrees at $8.50 or below and a “family happy hour” once a week with reduced prices on kids’ meals all day long. “And we’ll probably always have a hot-fudge sundae” with freshly made fudge sauce, she adds. The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner every day except Monday.

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