Dear PoP – Tune Inn Going Commercial?

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A reader shares the word from FamousDC:

The Tune Inn, holder of the oldest liquor license in Washington, D.C. and celebrated for its gritty pretentiousness, recently re-branded itself after Food Network personality Guy Fieri following his April visit for the show “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

The reader sums it up succinctly, “This, to me, is kind of the death knell for the District that I knew and loved…”

Tune Inn came up numerous times when we recently discussed the most authentic dive bars in town. I’m beginning to regret my sub-question:

Are they Endangered?

For those feeling frustrated by this development if you find yourself up in Petworth you can still stop by and soak up some old school charm at the Hitching Post.

For the fans of Tune Inn – what do you guys think – is this the beginning of the end? Or if lines don’t form around the block after the reality show airs – then maybe they’ll go back to their roots?

13 Comment

  • I think “Famous DC” is jumping the gun big time… Live a little guys- not everything is life or death

  • If you ruin The Hitching Post, I will cut you…

    (well, I’ll think about it, anyway).

  • For years, Tune Inn has been in those stupid Best Bar in America lists in Playboy, FHM, and Tits & Junk Magazine. This has been going on at least since the 1970s. Once the buzz dies down, the locals crawl back for a beer and burger. It’s no big deal.

  • My SO and I just had brunch there this past weekend… it is one of our favorite spots. We noticed the shiny new menu and all that, but the vibe is still the same. Hopefully they won’t change their roots, and I have faith that they won’t.

    I second Monkeyerotica, they’ll spiff the place up for a while and gladly accept the surge in business, then everything will calm down and it will be like usual.

  • Whenever I have a crap day, I think to myself: ‘It could be worse, I could be Guy Fieri’ and I automatically feel better.

    • He might be a total cheeseball, but I don’t think I’d mind getting paid a billion dollars to be a dork on TV and eat for a living. Pretty sure on his bad days he says, “at least I’m not some schlub in DC sweating through his khakis while waiting 45 minutes for a Metro train. Now finish my frosted tips, wench!”

    • There was a really interesting article in NYT a few days ago about him. His background is considerably different than his TV personality:

  • I was just in there after work last week – it is still authentically chugging along, serving a clientele that is way more west virginia than senate staffer. And they have fried okra. FRIED OKRA. I wouldn’t worry.

  • What does that mean “re-branded itself”? Could mean everything from hiring a big branding firm like interbrand to remake the company to changing its name and logo to apparently just getting some clean menus. I doubt it is really earth-shattering. It’s the Tune Inn — how far could it really go? Do they still have Patsy on the juke box? Do they still have crispy, greasy french fries and cheap pitchers? Sounds like the Tune Inn to me.

  • This is jumping the gun! All they have done is created a new menu and slapped that doofus Guy’s face around.

    The Yueling is still cheap, the seats still tattered, the waitresses and bartenders still sassy, and the food is the same.

    I’m not sure I got the memo that mozzarella sticks = death knell.

  • Pitcher of PBR was $13 on Sunday. That is not cheap.

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