Where a U Street institution once stood now stands a tiki bar.
Archipelago is now open at 1201 U St. NW, according to the Express. The bar carries a menu of tropical rum drinks, small plates and sandwiches.
The business spans two floors and is decked out in floral patterns, bamboo, hula girls and tiki masks, a far cry from The Islander’s formerly no-frills interior.
A longtime family-owned Caribbean restaurant and lounge has left U Street.
The Islander last week set sail from its location at 1201 U St NW after 46 years of operation.
The closing follows the June departure of “Da Queen” Chef Addie, who worked as the restaurant’s chef since its opening in 1970.
A Borderstan reporter met The Islander owner Curtis Green yesterday afternoon, but Green said he’d rather comment at a later date.
Green did not say what might replace the business.