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Olivia’s Diner Closes After Less Than One Year on 19th Street

by Tim Regan May 24, 2016 at 2:00 pm 6 Comments

A business once planned to be a 24-hour diner on 19th St. NW is no more.

Olivia’s Diner (1120 19th St. NW) has closed its doors for good, according to a sign on the front door of the business. A PoPville reader first spotted the closure.

“It is with our deepest regret, but Olivia’s Diner is now permanently closed,” the sign reads. “We will miss being a part of this neighborhood and the friends we’ve made along the way.”

Though we were unable to reach owner Thomas Marr for comment, it’s possible the restaurant fell victim to the same sagging sales that felled other nearby eateries Sophie’s Cuban, Science Club, Protein Bar, Noodles and Company, Smith and Wollensky, Melt Shop and others.

Comments (6)

  1. Well done food trucks!

  2. Hang in there Olivia’s

  3. You had great food and service. I have a business not far from you. I have been around since 2006. The reason why you closed is because there are 20 food tucks parked on L street between 19th and 20th street between 12pm and 2 pm. It wasn’t alway like that… If we were to open today we would have never made it. Hang in there and know that this was not your doing

  4. If you can’t compete with food served out of the side of a truck, then you can’t compete.

  5. snark infested waters

    Except it absolutely was their doing – in an area jam-packed with highly competitive alternatives, you simply cannot skate by on mediocre food and bad service. That might work in Woodbridge, but not downtown DC.

  6. Don’t forget our dearly departed Famous Luigi’s

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