Florida Liquors is not dead.
The old-school 14th Street store, located at the intersection of Florida Avenue and 14th Street NW, is doing fine and well despite a PoPville story that said it might have closed last week.
Store owner Joe Tadesse says the store was closed all of last week, but only to gut and renovate the space.
“Everything is different and better,” Tadesse says.
The store officially reopened yesterday with new wooden shelves, an upgraded cooler and a more spacious interior.
Tadesse first read the online news of his store’s possible demise this afternoon.
“I was confused,” says Tadesse.
“People kept calling and asking if we were closed,” he adds. “Now I understand why.”
Several PoPville readers wrote in to correct the Prince of Petworth just hours after the original story was posted.
“I mean this sincerely not being a jerk,” replied the Prince. “He should [have posted] a ‘closed for renovations’ note on the door instead of closed with a sad face sign.”
To that, Tadesse can only laugh.
“Maybe I should have,” he says with a smile while ringing up a small line of customers.