A bar that helped spur the revitalization of the H Street corridor when it opened in 2005 might have served its last beer and Argo burger.
Scott Magnuson, who owns The Argonaut at 1433 H St. NE with his wife, Shaaren Pine, declined to comment to Borderstan this morning about reports that the tavern may have closed. Local blogs Frozen Tropics and PoPville today posted stories that The Argonaut had “No Trespassing” signs up and padlocked doors.
“Right now, I can’t talk about it,” Magnuson said in a brief phone conversation with us.
One of the first hints that something possibly was amiss at the bar came from a tweet yesterday afternoon from Running Hearts Poker, which holds games there.
ATTENTION! ATTENTION!! We were just informed that Argonaut will be closed tonight. Sorry for the short notice…. https://t.co/D4LbbfGOjC
— Running Hearts Poker (@Running_Hearts) July 25, 2016
Pine also put out a cryptic tweet this morning.
Yesterday: <crying emoji>
Today: <crying emoji>
— Shaaren (@shaaren) July 26, 2016
When a Borderstan reporter visited The Argonaut this morning, she found two doors with “No Trespassing” signs and padlocks. Inside, chairs were stacked neatly on tables.
On The Argonaut’s website, Twitter account and voicemail, there was no indication of what may have happened to the bar. In its most recent tweet, the tavern on Friday promoted a message from its running club, encouraging joggers to “stay hydrated” with a GIF of a cat drinking water.
The Argonaut’s owners in the past have faced struggles, including alcohol and drug addiction and an electrical fire that destroyed their kitchen and bar in 2010. But they have worked to overcome the obstacles, gaining a devoted following in the community in the process.
“We’re laid-back, we’re friendly and we cater to everybody,” Magnuson told Borderstan’s sibling publication Hill Now last year. “We live and die by the neighborhood.”
Photos by Alyse Mier