The Calvert House Inn Restaurant & Pub in Riverdale closed, ending another chapter of Route 1 history.
Known for its fresh seafood, intimate setting, and white tablecloths, the Calvert House shut its doors on Feb. 1 after more than a half century in business, according to an article in the Hyattsville Life & Times.
Owners Fereydoun and Susan Salimi blamed the recession and the fierce competition in the restaurant business for the decision.
Like the Professional Coffee Shop, a now-closed diner farther south along Route 1, the Calvert House was a living reminder of the area’s past. In fact, the Washington Post magazine once described it as one of the “restaurants that time (almost) forgot” in a July 2013 article.
For its 50th anniversary, the restaurant even got a nod from Gov. Martin O’Malley, who said it was “one of the finest dining establishments” in the county and the state.
When the Salimis took over the restaurant in 1980, they got rid of a giant bird statue in front that represented the restaurant’s specialty at the time: Southern-fried chicken.
Both Hyattsville and Riverdale still have restaurants along Route 1, with places like Franklin’s, Busboys and Poets and Elevation Burger. But the new restaurants are hipper, more of a sign of the area’s future.
The Calvert House will be missed by its regular clientele for a quaint charm that was both timeless and a reminder of a certain time in history.