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El Tamarindo closed for Major Renovations

by Prince Of Petworth March 17, 2016 at 10:30 am 7 Comments


A reader reports:

“Curious if anyone knows what is going on at El Tamarindo? I walked by a couple of weeks ago, and they had a health code violation on the door and handmade “Closed” signs on the window. I walked by today and the storefront is papered over, with signs saying they will reopen in April. From the huge dumpsters nearby, it looks like they are ripping out half the restaurant. I can’t imagine that is unrelated to the health code issue?”

Ed. Note: El Tamarindo celebrated their 30th anniversary back in 2012. Also there is a major renovation going on next door at the old De Vinos/Dahlak spaces which may also be using the dumpsters seen. Anyone else hear what’s happening at El Tamarindo. Love ’em or Hate ’em they are definitely an Adams Morgan institution.

el t
1785 Florida Ave, NW

  • MoldieOldie

    this typically means “we’re closed/done.” reach out to the Jack Rose crew to see if they are hoping to consolidate the block.

    • AMDCer

      I hope not – El Tamarindo has survived through some tough times on that corner, so I hope that this truly is a renovation, not a closure.

    • Los

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who is hoping the group behind Jack Rose is consolidating this entire block. My personal preference would be for them to also buy the Lauriol parking space and be allowed to build a luxury hotel.

    • Dc20009

      Yeah I always read “we’ll be open again in two weeks” as “we are closed forever!” /s

      The place definitely needed a renovation and when I walked by crews were taking down the drop ceiling. Seems like it’s normal work to me but what do I know.

  • Traycita
  • Ally

    Okay. I’ll be the only one to go on record as saying that I like this place and the food is good. And has been for nearly 20 years. Hope they stay open.

  • HaileUnlikely

    I have no special knowledge of the matter but suspect they will be reopening in April as stated on the sign. They put at least some minimal level of effort into making a sign with their logo and stuff. If they were closing for good they’d probably just write it by hand on a plan white piece of paper.


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