Don’t Sleep on Swampoodle!! “should be opening next week”

5501 14th Street, NW

Famous last words I know, but it looks for real this time!! Thanks to a reader for sending the Swampoodle update:

“Scuttlebutt to accompany the new photo — my wife bumped into the owner, who said they just got final approval today and should be opening next week. We’re ready to spend $$ there if true.”

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  • Holy crap I hope this is true.

  • gotryit

    I feel like winning this race isn’t really “winning”. It’s just not being the worst loser.

    That said, I can’t wait to be able to walk there with the family.

  • I’ll believe it when I see it.


  • Your move, Slim’s.

  • Kind of cool to see the Old Irish Neighborhood get some shine in the form of what looks like a pretty good restaurant!

  • Woohooo!!!! I’d almost lost hope.

  • Wow! Swampoodle ended up beating Homestead and Slim’s Diner! The dark horse (err…poodle?) wins!

  • YAYYYYY! We are soooo ready.

  • Boo-to-the-MF-yah!

  • I don’t understand the hype for this place?

  • I live three blocks away and have closely followed the drama surrounding this place. Sorry to burst your bubble folks but this place isn’t opening next week.

    Everyone should be cautiously optimistic but expect to wait another
    year. There’s no “soft opening”, no website, no recent activity on Facebook, no “help wanted” ads, and there are still planters filled with dead plants on the roof. Opening next week isn’t happening and the owner needs to stop being a prick tease with the neighbors.

  • I must say their exterior renovations turned out much better than Slim’s Diner. Why Ruppert didn’t pay to paint the exterior of the Murell Building is beyond me. It wouldn’t be that expensive to paint it or remove the cheap lettering. That being said, he probably know he doesn’t have to do anything and the place will be packed day and night.

    • Agreed. First they completely inappropriately borrow the name of a neighborhood that a) nobody has used in a hundred years and b) is nowhere near Brightwood; and then that logo. Ugh is right.

      • You forgot (c) invested hundreds of thousands of dollars to renovate an old property and bring a restaurant to a neighborhood that so badly wants one and needs investment. There’s another Swampoodle neighborhood in Philly — if you someone told you it was named after that, would you care as much? Also, Taqueria Distrito Federal is not actually in Mexico City either.

        • Thank you, I am pretty sick and tired of hearing people drag down the place because they have some holier than thou attitude about restaurant names. Give it a rest people, your concerns about the location of the restaurant vs the historic neighborhood of swampoodle have been noted (on seemingly every post). If you are still bothered by it you are welcome to steer clear of the restaurant but please for the love of god spare us the continued negativity and the monotony of having to read your drivel.

    • I love the logo, and it’s immediately identifiable. And a good brand.

  • we talked to the guy spray-painting the logo on the west side of the building—he confirmed that the plan was to open next weekend (i.e. june 3-5ish).

  • Enough with the name-bashing, the logo bashing, the comment about the dead plants, FFS! Let’s all channel our energy into supporting Mr Stone when it does open! See you at the Poodle!

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