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Alphonse Closes

In Closing, U Street by RUNINdc

lphonse opened with much fanfare in U Street just two years ago. The design was amazing and the concept sound. Sadly without so much of a whisper, Alphonse  closed on Monday. No reason was giving for shuttering. The owners of Biergarten Haus and Russia House did not provide an explanation. A note on their door thanked patrons for their support …

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Todd Gray Out

In Closing, NOMA by RUNINdc

Chef Todd Gray, renowned for his award-winning cuisine from Equinox is no longer affiliated with his namesake NOMA restaurant: Todd Gray’s Watershed.   The Hilton will be changing the restaurant concept later this year.

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Lime Fresh Closes all Locations – Becomes Rubio’s

In Closing, Food by RUNINdc

There’s now one less place to go for super cheap Happy Hour for $3 tacos and $3 Coronas in Arlington and Chinatown Last year, Lime Fresh closed its Columbia Heights and College Park location. The Columbia Heights location is now home to DC’s first Chick Fila After a three year run, Lime Fresh closed its Pentagon City location for good. …

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Noelia Barely Survives a Year

In Closing, Downtown by RUNINdc

First it was Finemondo. Then Noelia opened on F Street amid much fanfare. Earlier this year, they went through a menu change and brought in a new chef. Even invited the DC Foodbloggers to visit on July. Sadly Noelia barely lasted a year.

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Rodent Droppings @ Banana Cafe

In Closing by RUNINdc

Banana Cafe had rodent droppings, a live cockroach and fruit flies during a food and safety inspection by D.C. Department of Health. The restaurant and piano bar was closed temporarily last week after the inspector found a “gross insanitary occurrence or condition that may endanger public health including but not limited to heavy infestation of vermin,” DOH said at the …

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Stetson’s up for Sale

In Alcohol, Bar, Beer, Closing, Food by RUNINdc

Stetsons has a wide and storied past. It was a location of a saloon during the Prohibition era; a popular club during the Duke Ellington days, a ravaged venue during the Martin Luther King riots and in 1980 it was reborn as a local neighborhood bar. Now the DC Bar for sale will be seeing a new lease on life. …

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Chief Ike’s Mambo Room to Close End of Month

In Closing by RUNINdc

After a 25 year run, Chief Ike’s will be closing. Chef Ike’s Mambo Room to close and the end of the week According to the Washington City Paper, Bar Concepts was brought it last summer to keep the struggling bar afloat. Sales increased on the weekends but was not sustained during the week. Patrons can say goodbye with a flurry …

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Adamo Losing 2 Beloved French Restaurants

In 14th Street, Adams Morgan, Closing, Openings by RUNINdc

Last Fall, long term French restaurant and a staple of Adams Morgan, La Fourchette was put on the market — the restaurant/bar plus the apartment upstairs is listed for $2,900,000. Currently the owners Chef Pierre Chauvet and hostess Jacqueline Chauvet are currently reviewing two attractive offers and hope to decide and settle by this summer. The restaurant has a storied …

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Patty Boom Boom to go Quiet

In Closing by RUNINdc

Popular Reggae nightclub, Patty Boom Boom will close next weekend after five years of operation — it will be replaced by Cloak and Dagger, a speak easy night club From their Facebook Page: Dear all Patty Boom Boom lovas, February 21, 2015, we will close. Please catch all your favorite DJ’s for their last sets this month. Patty Boom Boom …

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Georgetown Fans Bemoan – Rhino Bar to Close

In Closing by RUNINdc

So where will all those Georgetown students and Boston Red Sox fans go this year when the popular Rhino Bar closes. Owner Britt Swan told the Georgetowner that he was willing to go with a new lease that doubled the rent but the owner of the building at 3295 M St. NW declined due to desire for high-end retail. “That’s terrible. Been …

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Mothership Closes – El Floridano Takes Over

In Closing by RUNINdc

After two years in Park View, Mothership is shutting down this week due to weak business. Residents of Park View was hoping for a lower Georgia Ave revival.  But Chef and owner Stephan Boillon isn’t going anywhere. He will bring is El Floridano sandwich truck back.

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Diego Closes Again – American Communal Style Cuisine to Take Over

In Closing, News, Openings by RUNINdc

For it’s short 2 1/2 years of existence, Diego experienced a lot of disputes and departures. Billy McCormick came and went after a very brief stint. Now having closed its doors for good, Social Restaurant Group has now taken over the former Diego space with a brand new concept. Social Restaurant Group is comprised of Alex Lopez, Mike Bramson and Naeem Mohd.  Lopez and Bramson …

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The Oldest Lesbian Bar in Country Closes

In Closing, Fun, Gay, Misc by RUNINdc

Their website states that they are the oldest continually operating lesbian bar in the country, but for now, it appears that the club can no longer claim that distinction.  Shortly after New Year’s, Phase 1 closed for renovation. However, the word on the street is that the Barracks Row bar may now close for good with no word on what will replace …

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Ode to McFadden’s

In Closing by RUNINdc

“Ode to McFaddens” Descending down the staircase to the masses down below The crowd is lit and dancing, smiling, laughing at the show The DJ’s on the ones and twos and calling out the winners The Minister is pouring rounds of shots for all the sinners Up on the bar a girl is offered free shots from the freezer She …

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Mad Momos Closes

In Closing, News by RUNINdc

Posted today in Mad Momos’ Facebook Page: Dear Friends and Patrons of mad momos, Season’s greetings and Happy New Year to you. The management at mad momos thank you for all the support and amazing times these past few years. Regrettably, we have reached a point in our business where we need to share a difficult decision with you. We …

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Uptown Tap House Closes

In Cleveland Park, Closing by RUNINdc

It’s with great sadness to announce the closing of Uptown Tap House.  Since 2012, Uptown has served as a great sports bar, and gastropub in the Cleveland Park area. Live music and District Trivia was provided weekly And for the last couple years, it has been home to the DC  New Orleans Saints. “Who Dats”  The best part of attending the games was …

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Lima Lounge to Close After NYE

In Closing, Misc by RUNINdc

“ALL GOOD THINGS MUST COME TO AN END” After 10 years of being at the forefront of D.C. Nightlife, it is with both sadness and excitement that we announce Lima Lounge & Fujimar Restaurant will be closing its doors on Saturday, January 3rd, 2015. Our lease has ended and it’s time now to say a fond farewell to our home …

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Murphys of DC Closes

In Closing by RUNINdc

We are sad to see Woodley Park mainsstay, Murphys of DC close — this is the second iconic Irish pub to close this year in DC — earlier this fall, Duffy’s in Shaw closed. Many wonderful memories from St Paddy’s Day starting in the late 80’s.  Early word an Italian Restaurant has taken over the lease.

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Eventide Closes in Clarendon to be Replaced by Douchey A-Town

In Clarendon, Closing by RUNINdc

Many fancy meals have been served in this once-popular Clarendon eatery. Many marriage proposals have been made.  Now Eventide just closed and will be replaced by Don Tito, a tacos, tequila and beer venue owned by the operators of Ballston’s A-Town Bar and Grill.  The Bar is set to open in March — this is exactly what we need — another douchey …

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Farewell Chadwick’s

In Closing, Georgetown by RUNINdc

Chadwick’s is closing this weekend.  The long-time waterfront staple,  known for its daily happy hour deals and bottomless champagne brunch opened in 1967. The spot will live in infamy because that is where Aldrich Ames betrayed his country 30 years ago. Chadwick’s has been a Georgetown staple for nearly 50 years. Mr. Smith’s has been a DC favorite since 1962.  Farewell …

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Carriage House Closes; Johnny Pistolas Opens

In Adams Morgan, Closing, News by RUNINdc

Carriage House has had quite a storied existence ever since it’s opened its doors a year and a half ago. It has gone through a whole slew of chefs and managers.  The former Tom Tom with a massive upstairs dance floor, balcony and patio has been the venue for a ton of dinner socials, game watching and karaoke events.  What set it apart from …

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Tel Veh Switches Gears

In Closing, Mt Vernon, News by RUNINdc

Tel Veh has had a rough two years.  Going through three managers since it opened its doors the summer of 2012.  Known for its wine list and bottomless brunch, albeit with a two-hour limit,  it had its share of good days but mostly struggled to stay above water.  This summer was fairly busy but the restaurant was affected by the …

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Neyla to Close

In Closing, News by RUNINdc

A message from Neyla’s Facebook page Dear NEYLA Friends & Followers, We must say so long for now. It has been our pleasure serving you. We will see you again!

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Indique Heights Closes for Renovation

In Chevy Chase, Closing, News by RUNINdc

Indique Heights has closed for about four months for renovation. Co-owners Surfy Rahman and K.N. Vinod will be downsizing their eight-year old Indian restaurant to something about half its size.  During construction, some employees will be assigned to Indique in Cleveland Park and Bombay Bistro in Rockville.

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Health Code Violation Closes Hill Country for a Day

In Closing, News by RUNINdc

Hill Country was closed yesterday and partly today due to a critical health code violation.  A Department of Health sign was posted on the front door stating that it would be closed until further notice. The violations cited them for mouse droppings, fruit, flies, a live cockroach and a dead mouse. Incidentally their Facebook page stated nothing about the health …

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Taan Noodles Finally Closes

In Closing, Food, News by RUNINdc

Almost a year ago to this day, Taan Noodles tweeted that it had closed it doors for good.  That was a bit premature and Taan immediately reopened with a new chef, Michael Than. Taan which opened in October 2011 was known for its sake, steam buns and okonomiyaki, a Japanese-style cheese pancake. But Taan always played second fiddle to the renowned  Sakuramen …

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Bangkok Joe’s Last Week

In Closing, News & Culture by RUNINdc

Bangkok Joe‘s will be closing its doors this week to make room for a new contemporary restaurant from Chef/Owner Aulie Bunyarataphan and Owner Mel Oursinsiri. We want to thank YOU for your continued love and support which played a major role in Bangkok Joe’s continued success. We are forever grateful and look forward to serving you again once Mama Rouge …