14 May, 2006

Good News on the Fran's Front?

The Jewish Institute of National Security Affairs (JINSA) has long been involved in supporting Fran O'Brien's and the weekly dinners for the wounded. Last week they reported on the first meal held outside Fran's, and the plans for the future.

Included is this following tidbit that seems quite encouraging: " And Fran O’Brien’s is considering relocating in Washington with the assistance of a local real estate magnate." I hope that means that somebody with major reach and contacts is at work for them, trying to identify and negotiate a favorable location for them under favorable terms. However, I also know that it's not going to be simple to reopen--it takes a lot of money to store and move equipment, renovate, etc., and all while the owners are receiving no revenue from the restaurant. I'm sure they feel like they're hanging by a thread. I'm hoping with all my heart that things move quickly enough that the thread doesn't break.

But go read it all. It's a nice behind-the-scenes view of the latest on the story. Then scroll down for more on the subject from JINSA.

[Archive of Fran O'Brien's stories here]