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Capitol Hill Creamery Shuts Down

by Andrew Ramonas — April 12, 2016 at 10:15 am 4 Comments

Sona Creamery and Wine Bar (Photo via Facebook/Sona Creamery and Wine Bar)

The District’s only cheese maker has called it quits, closing its Capitol Hill restaurant.

Sona Creamery and Wine Bar at 660 Pennsylvania Ave. SE shut down Monday, according to a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page.

“After 3 years of working the regulatory chain to get raw milk in the District, and become the first cheese creamery, we were paying rent for space that wasn’t supporting itself,” the message says. “Unfortunately, this has made it impossible to remain open.”

The post adds: “We are grateful for the memories and wonderful people we met along this journey. Thank you for all of your support.”

Founded in 2013 by Conan and Genevieve O’Sullivan, Sona sold its house-made goat cheese, as well as more than 100 other cheeses from around the world, for lunch, dinner and brunch, according to its website. It also offered cheese and wine classes.

Photo via Facebook/Sona Creamery and Wine Bar

  • MB

    Hahaha! That’s what happens when you’ve never worked in the restaurant and think it so easy. Leave the restaurant work to the people who know what they’re doing and go sit back on the hill.

  • BP

    The implication of the quote is that they couldn’t get the permits they need to reach full production of the cheeses they intended to make. Is that the case? If so—shame on the District for failing to support new modes of doing business. Even without full cheese production, Sona had really good food and service—sorry to see them go. MB—your trolling is odious.

  • BF

    I’m not surprised. The food was always excellent. The service was always awful.

    • Lorraine

      I dunno, I thought the service was great! The people who ate there were real pretentious jerks, though.

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