Uh Oh – Looks Like Newtown being Evicted on U Street


@LikeAWholeThing tweets us:

“.@PoPville US Marshals outside New Town bar on Ust looks like it is being evicted”

Newtown Kitchen and Bar opened up in the in the former Tabaq space at 1336 U Street, NW back in Dec. 2013.

Another reader sends via email:

“I just walked down the 1900 block of I 1300 block of U street and it looks like maybe the Newtown restaurant and bar is being evicted (at least that’s where it looks like the action is). There are Marshalls with vests and guns, movers, and various others going in and out while the furniture is being brought out to the sidewalk.”


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  • The 1900 block of I street is nowhere near the 1300 block of U street, where Newtown is.

    • Prince Of Petworth

      Yeah that must’ve been a mistake from the email – the photo they sent is obviously of U St.

      • Oops, I sent the picture…and the incorrect address. That’s what I get for eager submission of pictures while I’m walking and wrangling a toddler. It is U street, and not I street! (My phone just autocorrected U to I again).

  • Is there an interesting history here? Not being saucy, just curious.

  • Interesting — I think this is only the first (or maybe second) time I’ve ever heard of a commercial establishment in D.C. (as opposed to a residential tenant) being evicted.

  • palisades

    Who wants to take some of that furniture and hold on to it for me

  • I didn’t know that Marshals were ever involved in evictions; I always thought it was done by private repo companies. But this tidbit from the U.S. Marshals’ website explains–and thickens the plot if it applies! “The Department of Justice Asset Forfeiture Program has become a key part of the federal government’s efforts to combat major criminal activity by stripping criminals of their ill-gotten gains. The U.S. Marshals Service plays a critical role by managing and selling assets seized and forfeited by federal law enforcement agencies nationwide.”

  • Marshals at an eviction is standard. In residential situations, they are required for a legal eviction. I’d be surprised if they were not required for a commercial eviction. They’re just present to make sure the parties do what they are supposed to do (i.e., for the T: leave; for the LL: respect the T’s personal property; for both: refrain from physical altercation).

  • There have been a few commenters spectating or wondering about the presence of US Marshals at the eviction. The reason they are there has nothing to do with the US Marshals Service (USMS) USMS’s traditional law enforcement functions.

    Washington D.C. does not have a sheriff’s office, and so the USMS is generally tasked with all the functions that a sheriff’s office would usually handle, including evictions, being process servers of last resort, prisoner transport for DC-level defendants (as opposed to the Federal prisoners the USMS always transports), DC Courthouse security, etc.

    The US Marshals I spoke to during my internship said that DC was usually the first assignment of new deputy marshals because the duties here are hated–people don’t join the USMS to handle evictions, and duties at the DC Courthouse, with 300-500 prisoners in and out of the lockup area in a day is a hell of a lot more unpleasant and challenging than duties at the DC Federal Courthouse where there might be 50 defendants in and out of lockup in a day.

  • These guys are the biggest pieces of $h!t in the restaurant industry. Don’t pay their bills and apparently their rent either.

  • I’m pretty sure this place skimmed my credit card the one time I went.

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