Jeffrey Gildenhorn, a famed Washington D.C. restaurant owner, has passed away. He was 74.
Jeffrey Gildenhorn Cause of Death
Gildenhorn died after he choked while having dinner at a local steak house.
Gildenhorn was the owner of American City Diner in Northwest Washington and was also a former Mayoral candidate. He was taken to George Washington University Hospital where he was pronounced dead. He had been dining at The Palm on Wednesday when he choked to death, according to NBC Washington.
“All of us in the Palm Restaurant family are saddened over the loss of our longtime friend and patron, Jeffrey Gildenhorn,” Michael Melore, a spokesman for the Palm, said in a statement.
“He was an institution in our city and at our restaurant. We applaud the effort and quick response of the medical response team. Our thoughts are with Mr. Gildenhorn’s family and friends.”
A note left on the door of the American City Diner informed patrons that the restaurant would be closed until further notice.
“We are broken hearted about his very sad news and ask to understand our reasons for closing today/ until further notice. Our grief is overwhelming. Thank you for understanding. RIP Jeffrey Gildenhorn.”