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Banana Leaves Asian Restaurant Closes in North Dupont Due to Fire Late Sat. Night

by Prince Of Petworth — March 6, 2011 at 10:32 pm 27 Comments

“Dear PoP,

Heartbreaking for those of us in north Dupont. All the windows were broken out.”

Thanks to all who sent in emails about the very sad news.

Banana Leaves is located at 2020 Florida Ave, NW. On Sat. night/Sun. morning (12:30am) @dcfireems wrote:

“2020 fla Av NW – 2 sty restaurant; damage-$200K; cause-malf gas water heater; area of origin-2nd fl;no inj; alarms worked.

Bananna Leaves (Asian) Retaurant, 2020 Florida Av NW ; business closed at time of fire; no inj; health dept notified.”

Thankfully nobody was injured but based all the emails I’ve received people are very saddened by this news. We judged Banana Leaves back in Dec. ’08 to very positive reviews.

I’ll be sure to update as more info becomes available in general and on a possibly renovation in particular.


In addition to Banana Leaves, its next door neighbor Universal Liquor remains closed as well.

More photos after the jump.

  • T

    Terrible news. One of our favorite sushi delivery places…

  • AdamK

    So sad, this place has great food and great delivery service. We order(ed) from there once a week and never had a bad experience. I hope they get back on their feet.

    • Anonymous

      one of my fav sushi joints in the dupont area. when i lived in adams morgan i had it delivered once a week too (loved the online ordering)—i moved to columbia heights and was disappointed they didn’t deliver to the neighborhood.

  • MK

    Oh no, how awful. What a loss.

  • dsel

    That place managed to un-curse that lot. I’m sure they’ll be back.

  • WOW… not good news, this was my favorite restaurant! great food and service.

  • John K.

    The loss of Banana Leaves and Universal Liquor is another blow to AED located across the street: http://www.ictworks.org/news/2011/03/03/aeds-going-out-business-sale-sad-day-international-development.

  • Anonymous

    We order from there pretty often as well. Great people and great food. Let’s hope they reopen soon!

  • LisaT

    Agree with the others on great food and service, and definitely hope to see them back soon!

  • Anonymous

    and another ‘accidental’ fire. economy goes down, fires go up. Farmer’s law.

    • Anonymous

      Yup. Bad economy also = spontaneous car fires. Hope there’s a thorough investigation.

  • Ben P

    What a shitty way to start the week. They were/are great. Hope they bounce back.

  • Joe

    Horrible loss to the area, this was one of my go-to places for ordering takeout when the missus and I couldn’t agree on anything else. Food was excellent, delivery was always quick, hopefully they re-open soon. Also, glad no one was hurt

  • Riggs

    Thank goodness this didn’t spread to Royal Palace.

    • Tres

      Right, for the sake of all the single moms who work there.

  • steve

    hmm, didn’t the company across the street blow up recently too? terrifying.

  • C Money

    Man, that was my favorite delivery spot…I hope they’re able to bounce back!

  • Wong Tong

    Wong Tong can vouch for the sushi delivery here; however, Wong Tong can no longer vouch for gas powered water heaters.

  • ANON

    but what about Lovely Nails????!? They are my FAVORITE nail spot in DC (I live near Walter Reed and will drive down there just for a mani-pedi). Are they ok, or will my nails suffer too??

  • Anonymous

    Crying. in. my. cube.

    Heart broken.

  • max

    I love this place – I really hope it reopens. One of the only edible Chinese/Japanese restaurants in DC, in my opinion.

  • Anonymous

    I was so sad to hear this news…also one of my favorites. Great service, friendly staff, and tasty sushi. I hope they can bounce back!

  • Enos

    That place is hugely popular. I’m sure we’ll see them back. I love their on-line ordering site.

  • lala

    This very2 sad… I heard they are/were in really good business.. the restuarant was packed and full every nite.. one of my fave resto in the area

  • Terrance

    Veggie Spring rolls and avocado rolls were the best. I think the same people that own Banana Leaves also own Nooshi near 19 and L. They have the same spring rolls at least???

  • SM

    Now I know what it feels like when doves cry.

  • ykl

    So sad. I love this place and order from them all the time. Consistently good and one of the few delivery places. Bummer. I didn’t know if they went out of business or what happened. Fire is terrible.

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