Cap City Diner For Sale

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Back on Jan. 27th I shared the sad news that Capital City Diner was closing at 1250 Bladensberg Rd, NE. Now the diner is up for sale on ebay with a starting price of $20,000:

Authentic Vintage Diner – Complete & in Great Condition w/ Equipment

Looking for a great opportunity to start your own restaurant? Want a piece of true, authentic Americana? Here’s your chance…

…this is the real deal- an authentic modular diner built in 1947 by the Paterson Vehicle Company, model Silk City Diner. Recently closed and located in Washington, DC.

The diner originally served the town of Avoca, NY for approximately 60 years before being moved to the nation’s capital. In Washington, DC, the city recently recruited a national chain breakfast restaurant to open nearby, resulting in decreased sales and we unfortunately couldn’t keep the diner going. While we’ve tried to find a local buyer to take it over, it’s been a challenge, so we’re putting this up on eBay.

We’d like to sell this to someone interested in preseving the diner, and it can be moved to anywhere you desire (we have the contact information for a reputable diner mover). It’s in great shape, and we ran all new electric and plumbing before we opened 2 years ago. We just closed in January, so we’re also including all of our fixtures, equipment, etc.

The diner measures approximately 14′ x 40′, and we added a small 8×16 addition on the back for two restrooms and storage. The diner seats 36- 5 booths (4 each) and 16 stools. More seating may be available with a different configuration (tables/chairs instead of booths), and we added an outdoor patio at this location to increase capacity.

Looks like there is one bid.

16 Comment

  • Move it to GA Ave or the Ballpark area! Either place it would do well. You only need an empty plot of land and some

    • If someone could figure out how to get it into that parking lot on 9th between Upshur and Taylor it would do awesome there… However, I think the Church on the corner owns it and they obviously need 4,000 parking spaces for all the VA and MD drivers that come there once a week.

  • this is so sad.

  • With the Flats at Atlas opening soon across the street, this can’t work a this location? I refuse to believe it!

    • The Flats at Atlas won’t open until late this year, so, for now, they said there’s not enough business for both the diner and Dennys. Hopefully it can stay in DC.

  • Hill East needs this!

  • I sure wish I had the $$$ so I could buy it!!! It would do well just about anywhere, I think.

  • It’s too bad the owners chose to put a really cool diner out on Bladensburg Road where it was done in by a freakin’ Denny’s. They should’ve situated it walkable to a gentrifying neighborhood where it would’ve been a hip thing, rather than one of a number of chain-like restaurants.

    • “They should’ve situated it walkable to a gentrifying neighborhood where it would’ve been a hip thing”

      Most foolish comment of the day award! Whoop whoop!!!! You CLEARLY don’t spend time on/in H Street NE/Atlas District.

      • seriously… this location is literally across the street from multiple gentrifying condo projects.

        • There may be condo projects nearby, but neighborhood change takes decades, not overnight. Not much has changed on Bladensburg Rd in the past 10 years at least since I have been near there.

  • Meh. I’m sorry people lost jobs but you can move this out to the suburbs next to all the other Silver Diners etc that do well. Was a bit out of place.

  • hmm, am wondering if it’d be possible to retrofit the interior for living in and plop it on a piece of purchased and somewhere ..

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