Ceiba closing after 11 Years by Metro Center, owners “next venture poised to open in early 2015”

701 14th Street, NW

From a press release:

“The partners of the Latin inspired restaurant, Ceiba, [Chef Jeff Tunks, Gus DiMillo, David Wizenberg] are turning a new leaf and have decided to close the doors at the end of this month, September 27, 2014. It has been an exciting 11 years for the sleek American interpretation of an urban Latin establishment, Ceiba, but now is the time for its final hour. It was a challenging and heartfelt decision for the partners, but with much review of the varied external factors, closing the doors was the best course of action. It will leave behind a legacy of spicy, tangy Latin cuisine and fiery memories – of tropical-style lunches, exotic dinner choices, and annual festive celebrations, right there on 14th and G Streets just blocks from The White House.

Says Gus DiMillo, co-proprietor and 35-year veteran in the hospitality industry, “It’s a business that has brought highs and lows—from great food and an amazing stable of talented chefs. It is hard to plan the closing of a restaurant, when you open a restaurant successfully.”

Ceiba has been praised in the press from Bon Appétit, Wall Street Journal, Wine Spectator to Washington, DC’s top print and online media periodicals and publications. Chef Jeff Tunks appeared on NBC’s “Today Show” showcasing Ceiba’s heart-healthy meal ideas including the Southwest Buffalo Burger and Grilled Chicken with Black Bean Corn Salsa.

The partners will simply focus their energy and time on their independent ongoing endeavors in Washington, DC and Virginia; and their next venture is poised to open in early 2015.

Gus, Jeff and David are indebted and thankful to their loyal supporters, neighbors, distinguished press, friends and family for their continued commitment to Ceiba. And most importantly, they are sincerely grateful to their dedicated staff for all of their efforts and hard work over the past 11 years.

“A fond farewell for now! Thank you for the memories,” says Gus, Jeff and David.”

14th and G Street, NW looking north

11 Comment

  • No big loss. The food at Ceiba was mediocre at best.

  • tried that place twice…disappointed both times. expensive, terrible atmosphere and just so so food. surprised they got so many accolades in the press.

  • I will miss you all day, every day $5 dark n stormy’s

  • This is sad news. Ceiba has been a favorite of mine since it opened.

  • Sad news. Their late night happy hour (9pm and later) was fantastic. Half priced appetizers and drinks.

  • I wonder why they’re closing. That’s one of the more dreary corners of downtown, with that huge albatross Armenian museum across the street that will surely remain vacant for decades to come.

  • I might be Ceiba’s biggest fan. There isn’t a whole lot in that neighborhood, prices are reasonable, service has always been good, and the Lomo Saltado Montado is fantastic.

    Dinner isn’t as good as lunch, but for business lunches, I was a huge fan. I went dozens of times with many, many folks. Without exception, nobody ever had a bad meal. The one thing I got there that I didn’t live was the shrimp ceviche.

  • Horrible news. One of my favorite places in town.

  • Bear

    NOOOOOOOO! This is my go-to happy hour place. They make the best capirinhas. And as other as mentioned, there’s not much else nearby.

  • Not much else nearby? Either you guys assume nearby means the same block or you don’t get out much.

    Within like a block there is The Hamilton, Old Ebbitt and within two or three blocks there is Joe’s, POV, Oceannaire, Chef Geoff’s, Woodward Table and a few new restaurants like Maestro’s and the one at the Warner Theater opening.

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