Permit Issued For Mon Ami Gabi to Undergo $1.2 Million Renovation

Courtesy Mon Ami Gabi

In February we let you know that Mon Ami Gabi Bethesda is set to undergo an extensive remodel this spring that will temporarily close the restaurant that has been a part of the community since 2002. Earlier this month, a $1.2 million permit was issued for the job.

Streetsense Architecture, a DC-based company, will be doing the renovations for the restaurant Located at 7239 Woodmont Ave, in the heart of Bethesda Row. Mon Ami Gabi is led by Executive Chef Andrew Fleischauer. The restaurant serves French bistro classics alongside fresh takes on old school favorites.

The remodel will begin this spring, but an exact date is not yet available. The reopening date is not yet available, but is expected to occur prior to the end of the year.

The company filed a notice of the layoffs under the federal Worker Adjustment Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, which requires some employers to give advance notice of business closures and mass layoffs. All employees have been given the option to temporarily relocate to other Lettuce Entertain You restaurants and will be offered the chance to return to Mon Ami Gabi in Bethesda upon its reopening. Full statement by the restaurant is available below:

“Thank you for reaching out regarding Mon Ami Gabi in Bethesda.  As part of our continuous efforts to enhance the dining experiences for our guests, Mon Ami Gabi in Bethesda is set to undergo a remodel that will begin this spring. The French bistro will reopen before the end of the year, however the exact date is not yet confirmed.

We look forward to introducing the newly remodeled space to our guests and the community. We are excited to enhance our service offerings and provide an even more exceptional dining experience upon the reopening of Mon Ami Gabi in Bethesda later this year.

During this transitional period, our employees remain our top priority. All Mon Ami Gabi – Bethesda employees have been given the option to temporarily relocate to other Lettuce Entertain You restaurants and will be offered the chance to return to Mon Ami Gabi in Bethesda upon its reopening.

Thank you for your support and understanding. We can’t wait to invite our guests back to experience the refreshed Mon Ami Gabi in Bethesda.”

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