by Tim Regan May 24, 2016 at 2:00 pm 12 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.

by Tim Regan May 2, 2016 at 10:20 am 1 Comment

An East Coast purveyor of grilled cheese sandwiches has closed its location in downtown D.C.

The Melt Shop at 1901 L St. NW is now closed, according to signs posted on the front door of the business.

“We apologize, this location is now closed,” the signs read. “Due to building construction, we need to permanently close this location. We greatly appreciate all the love and support. We hope to see you again at a future shop.”

The store opened last February.

by April 27, 2016 at 5:00 pm 1 Comment

Dupont Cosi

A Cosi near Dupont Circle is slated to close later this week, according to several people who work there.

The purveyor of sandwiches, flatbreads and salads at 1350 Connecticut Ave. NW will shutter its doors by Friday, said several employees at the eatery this afternoon. The employees did not want to provide their names for this story as they were not authorized to speak directly to the media.


by Tim Regan March 28, 2016 at 8:30 am 0

Another business located along 19th Street NW has closed its doors.

Protein Bar, a Chicago-based purveyor of salads, bowls and “bar-ritos,” shuttered its location at 1011 19th St. NW over the weekend. A sign on the door of the eatery says the location is “permanently closed.”


by Tim Regan March 15, 2016 at 1:05 pm 1 Comment

Dupont Circle’s purveyor of donuts and chicken will soon be no more. GBD announced earlier today it would soon stop slinging fried food at 1323 Connecticut Ave. NW.

“Tomorrow will be our last day serving up fried chicken and doughnuts here at GBD,” reads the eatery’s tweeted announcement. “It’s been an awesome three years and we had a blast with all of you.”


by Tim Regan March 9, 2016 at 10:30 am 0

Adams Morgan has lost a purveyor of high end furniture.

And Beige, located at 1781 Florida Ave. NW, closed on Sunday after eight years in business, an employee at the store confirmed. A sign on the front door of the shop says it shuttered after a “closing sale.”


by Tim Regan March 3, 2016 at 1:50 pm 0

Sophies 19th Street

The rumors are true. Sophie’s Cuban Cuisine, a restaurant located at 1134 19th St. NW, will close by March 25, said the restaurant’s owner.

“It is with regret that we have to close on March 25,” Sophie’s Cuban Cuisine owner Marguerite Lambert told us this afternoon. “We are proud of our food and . . . have loyal customers. They have become family.”


by Tim Regan February 21, 2016 at 8:40 pm 2 Comments

The 14th Street corridor has entered a post-Posto era.

The Italian restaurant located at 1515 14th Street NW served its last plate of pasta on Saturday night, co-owner and executive chef Massimo Fabbri told us yesterday evening. (more…)

by Tim Regan January 8, 2016 at 9:35 am 1 Comment

A destination for brunch and all-day breakfast on U Street is now closed.

“U Street Cafe is closed for business as of Jan. 7,” reads a sign on the front door at 1301 U St. NW.

Barista Stefany Valle, who worked at the cafe for about four months, said the closure may be related to a lack of customers during the week.

“On weekdays, it would be slow, but on the weekends, it could be very busy,” Valle said. “I just received a call from my boss to not come in because it’s out of business. … I came up here to see if it was true.” (more…)

by Tim Regan January 4, 2016 at 1:45 pm 1 Comment

Toro MataAn Adams Morgan purveyor of Peruvian clothing, jewelry and fabric is closing its doors after 10 years in business.

The store, located at 2410 18th St. NW announced its closure on Facebook earlier today.

“After more than ten years, Toro Mata will be closing our 18th Street shop on January 24th, 2016,” the announcement reads.  (more…)

by Jennifer Currier December 29, 2015 at 11:45 am 2 Comments

YMCA in Dupont CircleIn preparation for the Dupont Circle YMCA closing this Thursday, members and employees are relocating to other D.C. locations.

According to YMCA spokeswoman Jackie Dilworth, more than a quarter of members from the Dupont facility have moved to two other area locations, including YMCA Anthony Bowen at 1325 W St. NW.

Dilworth also said that facility is expanding just in time to welcome the former Dupont members.

The existing Carriage House behind the YMCA Anthony Bowen facility is currently in the final stages of renovation and is scheduled to open next Monday, Jan. 4. The additional space will be used for group exercise studios and classes.

After the Carriage House opens, the entire branch will have the capacity to hold nearly 130 fitness classes a week, including pilates, aerial yoga, barre, social gatherings and community educational programs.

Swimming lessons and programs at the W Street NW location will continue as scheduled through the Dupont location’s closing and Carriage House opening. There will also be no disruption in after school care.

In addition to members transitioning to new locations, Dilworth said approximately 90 percent of the Dupont Circle employees have been placed in the exact same or similar positions at other YMCA of Metropolitan Washington locations.

While it is still unclear whether a new YMCA will come to the Dupont Area, Dilworth added the Y is pursuing opportunities for other new locations in the metro area.

The organization first announced it was selling its Dupont Circle building at 1711 Rhode Island Ave. NW to a real estate developer in early October.

by Tim Regan December 17, 2015 at 9:05 am 0

CakeLoveA local bakery is saying goodbye to U Street.

CakeLove, which first opened at 1506 U Street NW in 2002, will close its doors at the end of this month, founder Warren Brown wrote in a press release last night.

Brown added that, while the U Street location is set to close, he’ll launch a new online store this month to help sell the company’s most popular product, CakeLove in a jar.

“After 13 wonderful years, the day has come for us to say goodbye to U Street,” Brown wrote in the release. “While I’m sad to leave the many friends and neighbors of this wonderful community, I’m very excited for this change.”

Brown will celebrate the company’s 13-year run with goodbye party and cake-cutting ceremony this Saturday at noon at the U Street location.

CakeLove’s location in Arlington closed at the beginning of 2015.

Photo via Facebook/CakeLove

by December 3, 2015 at 1:15 pm 0

Noodles & Company’s diehard fans now have one last refuge in the District.

The company centered around doling out portions of starch and sauce closed its eatery at 1140 19th Street NW on Tuesday, said a former employee. Workers could be seen removing equipment from the former location earlier today.

Noodles & Company has overseen a slow-motion exodus from several national markets in recent months. In November, the company announced it would close 16 underperforming stores across the country, with “several” planned closures for the D.C. area. Shortly after the announcement, the company’s eatery in Woodley Park closed, according to PoPville.

The last remaining Noodles & Company restaurant in D.C. is located at 1667 K Street NW.

by Tim Regan November 19, 2015 at 10:00 am 0

A deli and buffet frequented by the downtown office lunch crowd will close its doors for good tomorrow.

TJ’s Deli, located at the corner of 14th and L streets NW, will shut down after 15 years in business, an employee at the store said.

Though the employee did not say why the deli was closing, the shop in recent years has gained competition from a Jimmy John’s and a Dunkin Donuts that may have helped contribute to its demise.

It was not immediately clear what might replace the deli.


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