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Lime Fresh Closes in Chinatown

by Prince Of Petworth November 18, 2015 at 9:45 am 11 Comments

726 7th Street, NW

A reader reports:

“Just an FYI. Lime Fresh in Chinatown closed. I think the last day was Nov. 6.”

Lime Fresh opened in Chinatown back in August 2013. They abruptly closed their Columbia Heights location back in December of 2013. That location is now home to Chick Fil A. Chick Fil A coming soon to Chinatown…?

  • llinds

    They also closed their Pentagon City location a week or two ago.

  • tom

    Yeah, the columbia heights one didn’t last long either. I was always confused on the concept. It seemed stuck in the grey zone between fast casual and a full sit down place.

  • Anon

    Ruby Tuesday’s is giving up on this fast casual concept.

  • MarkQ

    Was mediocre mall food court fare. The salsa bar was always a disgusting mess. Prime location. Hopefully something interesting fills the void.

  • Downtown Dan

    Did anyone bother to read the liquor license application in the window? That should be Lime’s successor…

    • TR

      Its an old picture since it says that Lime Fresh is “Coming Soon!”

  • jdre

    Good riddance. This place was crap, especially in comparison to Cal Tort basically next door, and Chipotle across the street.

    It could turn over big crowds somewhat fast on game nights, but it was not… not good food.

  • Jojo

    Sad to see their venture seems to be collapsing around the region. They were definitely the third-best fast-casual Mex on the block though. Hard to stay alive in spite of that.

    Hope we get another fast casual place to diversify the lunch offerings.

  • d

    The original spot in Miami closed too. While down there I heard that prior to expansion into DC, the chain was bought by a new investment group who quickly turned its great food into garbage and apparently lost a lot of money in the process. Too bad, because prior to that, the original location was so much better than Chipotle or CalTor.

  • Derek

    I was friends with one of the founders of the original spot in South Beach. It was fantastic, homey, excellent margaritas, huge selection of hot sauces and extremely popular. Definitely much different than now. He opened up a few more in S. Florida, but I believe sold the brand.

    Will always have fond memories of the original spot and the chicken fajita quesadilla.

  • domrep

    I will never understand chains that open up close to other similar chains. Why bother opening up a spot that’s on the same block as California Tort and across from Chipotle?


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