1971

Occidental Grill & Seafood

1971: Original structure demolished and the structures housing the restaurant and Willard Hotel are rebuilt.

Where Statemen Dine

By the end of the Sixties, the Occidental was losing its luster. The once hopping area along Pennsylvania Avenue had been in a slow decline. As A. Robert Smith and Eric Sevareid wrote in their 1965 book Washington: Magnificent Capital, “the old promenade was dying and no one seemed to care.”

In June 1971 the restaurant is forced to close down and the original buildings that housed the Occidental Hotel and the Occidental Restaurant are demolished shortly after.