Café Soleil, The Bottom Line, The Madhatter, The Front Page DC, The Front Page Arlington and Cedar. Possibly the best group of restaurants and bars in Washington DC. Many of which have been and continue to be a part of tradition and the DC nightlife culture for decades. The Bottom Line was first opened over 30 years ago by my father, Dick Heidenberger. His dedication, hard work, and attitude has been the foundation for the continued success of all of these businesses. Some of the businesses have undergone massive overhauls, like the Madhatter. This DC mainstay since the early 80’s recently moved locations to a much larger and better location right off Connecticutt Avenue at Dupont Circle. The newest of the group, Cedar, has achieved notification in the Zagat Guide. The Front Page was the first restaurant I actually remember him opening. I was only about eleven, and I remember walking through the restaurant, it used to be a Japanese restaurant, and thinking how huge the place was. The Front Page across the river in Ballston Virginia embodies the same core concepts and theme of its Dupont Circle “brother“. The Front Page still has the top rated happy hour and the most insane brunch in the District. The Bottom Line remains mostly unchanged, and still mostly embodies the roots of the restaurant business. I still eat at the Bottom Line at least twice a week just to remind me that “this is where it all started!” It gives me a deep sense of humility and respect for the business I have grown into. It took over 30 years to create something that is nothing short of “awesome”, and I am now a functional part of it all. I recently had the pleasure of becoming part of the “family” at Cafe Soleil, and I never allow a day to pass without knowing I am part of a much larger group of well established businesses.

Dick’s business partners have taken his dream and pushed forward into a new era of everchanging surroundings. No matter how many changes or new faces come and go, the spirit of DC’s restaurant industry lies within the core concepts of all Dick’s businesses, partners, and customers. It all ends and starts with one passion and one dream, and that is what I like to call “The Bottom Line!” I look forard to seeing many familiar faces whether it be for lunch at Cafe Soleil, a cocktail at The Bottom Line, or some good old fashioned fun with my brother at The Madhatter.


Alex Heidenberger