Oh No! Car Crashes into Solly’s

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DCist is reporting some terrible news this morning:

At approximately 12:20 a.m. on Saturday morning, a taxi driver lost control of his vehicle and crashed into Solly’s Tavern at 11th and U Streets NW, injuring at least six people.

“The building shook,” said bar owner John “Solly” Solomon, who was upstairs when the cab collided with the east side of the building. “The tires were spinning because the driver’s foot was still on the pedal, and it kicked up smoke into the bar.”

This is terribly frightening. And I also feel super bad for Solly who is one of the nicest proprietors in town. This past summer I was sitting with friends on the porch when a car, that must’ve been going over 90 miles an hour, flew by us and eventually crashed into the Children’s hospital building further north on 11th. I wonder if 11th street is particularly susceptible to insane drivers?  Thank God no one was killed in either incident. I’ll try and find out when Solly’s will be able to reopen. Read the full scoop on DCist.

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  • Wow — I just went running past Solly’s and saw that they were cleaning up, but couldn’t figure out what happened. I really hope no one was seriously injured. Best wish to John Solomon. His neighborhood bar has a lot of big fans in this neighborhood.

    PoP: I live next door to the Children’s hospital and saw the car crash into the building. The police told us then that he was being chased because the car had been reported stolen. In any case, I often see drivers speeding up and down 11th and it makes this pedestrian very nervous.

  • Solly’s is open again! Apparently the fire department checked it out and it looked safe. They boarded up the broken windows and opened for business earlier tonight.


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