Nora Pouillon, owner for nearly 40 years of Restaurant Nora in Dupont Circle, earned commendation from Mayor Muriel Bowser on Friday, during her restaurant’s last night before permanently closing.
Bowser teamed with Ellen Goldstein of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2D (Sheridan-Kalorama) to proclaim July 1 “Nora Pouillon Day” in recognition of the organic chef’s decades of contributions to the city’s culinary landscape.
“We thank and pay special tribute to Nora Pouillon for her numerous professional contributions and accomplishments, her outstanding service to her community, and wish her all the best in her future endeavors,” the commendation reads.
Restaurant Nora opened at 2132 Florida Ave. NW in 1978 as the city’s first certified-organic restaurant, and paved the way for what is now a thriving organic food culture in the city. Pouillon also helped established FreshFarm Markets, which now operates eight markets in the city, including one in Dupont Circle. She earned a James Beard Award for Lifetime Achievement in May.
Pouillon announced her retirement last October. She hasn’t yet found a buyer for her restaurant; the asking price for the property is $7 million, according to a Washingtonian report.