Steak ‘n Egg Will Likely Close for Up To Two Years of Renovations in Tenleytown

by Prince Of Petworth — November 1, 2013 at 11:30 am 37 Comments

4700 Wisconsin Ave, NW

“Dear PoPville,

I heard from employees there that it will be closing for up to two years as the building is razed & rebuilt (along with two adjoining buildings). This is a neighborhood institution, a 24-hour dive diner that’s been there for decades. Big deal for Tenleytown. The employees said it was initially supposed to close in November but that they recently got word it has been delayed until January 2014.”

I called the store but they were unable to give firm timelines and the owner was not at the store. So it is not clear if they will close this January or next January. But it is clear at some point it’s looking like Steak ‘n Egg will be closing for extensive renovations. In June a Raze permit was issued for 4700 Wisconsin Ave, NW. At that time CityPaper reported:

“Developer Frank Economides, who owns the property and filed the permit application, says Steak ‘n Egg isn’t disappearing. The raze permit application was an early step in the process of a potential expansion of the restaurant.”

It now seems, while Steak ‘n Egg won’t disappear completely, they are likely to take an extensive hiatus during renovations. Stay tuned for more info on the timeline as it becomes available. For the moment they remain open. You can check out their menu here.

Corner of Chesapeake and Wisconsin Ave, NW

  • Anonymous

    How is this place? Is it worth the drive from U Street on a weekend morning to grab breakfast?

    • Anonymous

      Oh god no. It’s nauseating. Think of it like jumbo slice– would you ever eat a jumbo slice sober, much less go out of your way to get one sober??

      • Jesse

        Wrong. A treasure that’s been in the area since the 30’s I belive. One of my favorite restaurants in the city. Not a place for snobbery, but excellent dive diner food. It’s always open and always delicious.

      • Anonymous

        I will agree with you on Jumbo slice sober, but Steak n’ Egg is good summer time, winter time anytime.

      • You’re an idiot and you’ve obviously never been to Steak ‘n Egg. Comparing it to jumbo slice equates to the fact that you probably went to GWU and think George and Rhino Bar are “hot spots” in the city.

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    • theheights

      Absolutely. The place is an institution for cheap but good breakfast!

  • That Man A

    Two years… sheesh

    sounds like some serious reno

  • Ax

    Bummer. Another classic spot rebuilt into new faddish (likely ugly) construction. Do not like.

    • Anonymous

      My guess is that they will build up to the property line and all that outdoor space with be gone. Most likely it becomes a mixed use building?

  • Linc Park SE

    That’s unfortunate. The charm is in the Mom-n-Pop feel of the place – eating greasy food on well-used picnic tables etc. haven’t been there in a few years but it definitely served a satisfying meal in a simple setting.

    • DF

      “Haven’t been there in a few years”.
      You sound like the customers they need!

  • Anonymous

    I’ll be very surprised if Steak ‘n Egg Kitchen reopens at this address in two years. Very surprised.

  • Florista

    But it’s so CUTE as is!!! Wah…

  • Anonymous

    Bummer. I love the white picket fence-ness of this spot. I’ll miss this little old school corner. 🙁

    • anonymouse_dianne

      The picket fence is a relatively recent addition. We all hung out here when I attended Wilson HS (graduated in 1971). Best dive food around.

  • They should bring in the Spring Valley mis

  • Anonymous

    A ton of fond memories from high school. I will be very sad if it doesn’t reopen and approximate the current establishment in some form.

    • monkeyrotica

      I just hope they replace that worn out linoleum counter with a zinc bar and some sensible $14 wine pours, and those steak & eggs with eggs sardou and maybe, just maybe I’ll run screaming in the opposite direction. Also lose the name. What it needs is a little razzle-dazzle. Something like “Poochey” only more proactive.

      • Anonymous

        And small plates!!

      • dunning-kruger

        It’s a positively proactive paradigm.

  • I meant to say, they should bring in

  • I meant to say, they should bring in the Spring Valley mustard gas crew to degrease the place.

    Sorry – iPhone page loads and when it does suddenly I’m thumbing the post comment button instead of the virtual keyboard.

  • monkeyrotica

    They’ll need 18 months just to bring the restroom up to code. Looking forward to “breaking in” the new commode.

    • monkeyrotica

      I love your work, too! Dude, you get around!

  • theheights

    Terrible news. More “progress” – destroy anything with character & replace with suburban, cookie-cutter buildings.

    • Ax

      Unfortunately, the suburbs are starting to have more character than all the glass boxes now so typical of DC.

      • Anonymous

        So true. You already have to go there for good ethnic cuisine.

        • Anonymous

          That’s been true for the past 40 years. On balance, though the suburbs have their own versions of hell–Applebee’s, the various Darden chains like Olive Garden, etc.

  • Best pancakes in the city. Best actual steak and egg dish in the city. Best hash browns and other sides. Even better? You can order all of this 24 hours a day. Don’t like Steak ‘n Egg? Then you’re an idiot.

  • Alan

    Coincidentally, 2 years is how long it takes for them to prepare your food there. Good riddance.

    • Let’s explain to Princess Alan why she’s wrong. Since it’s a diner you’ll never wait long for your food. This means we can be sure that Princess Alan’s caviar encrusted porridge arrived in a prompt and timely manner. Also, Princess Peach > Princess Alan. You should consider changing your name, since Princess Alan sounds awful. Princess Alana comes to mind as the #1 replacement choice.

  • chasscott

    In two years, small plates will likely have become tiny plates and this place can re-open with quail eggs sunny-side up and with tiny free-range pig nostril bacon strips with a side of heirloom rye mini-slice toast and a teaspoon full of coffee, make that a tablespoon if a latte…

  • Chris

    I’ve never had a long wait for food there. In fact most of the time they move fast because there is a line of customers waiting for seats.

  • overonhst

    Two years? TWO F****ING YEARS? What, are they going to build a palace of overpriced diner food??? Seriously, only in this town. I am really ready to move out of this hellhole of mediocrity.

  • former wilson student

    shit really? this was the best place for us in high school…post-school dance, post-party drunk chowing down. and morning after hangover meals when you were trying to avoid your parents like all hell because you still reeked of cheap beer and some other guys cigarette


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