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“Oh uh, well that stinks.”

by Prince Of Petworth May 2, 2016 at 10:15 am 24 Comments


Thanks to Gregory Hudson ‏for sending word: “Oh uh, well that stinks.”

That was fast. Melt Shop (grilled cheese) opened in the former Energy Kitchen space back in Feb. 2015.

melt shop
1901 L Street, NW

And before Energy Kitchen it was formerly home to Asian Bistro with one of our favorite typos of all time:


  • Me

    Bummer, man. I was just there maybe Thursday? Glad I got one last Nutella shake before they closed! And maybe I should be thankful the temptation is gone?

    • textdoc

      They had Nutella shakes??
      Now I too am sorry that they’re closed and I never went. :(

  • kallie

    i think i am actually crying.

    • skj84

      I’m not going to lie, I got choked up a bit. I was already in a bad mood and this news almost sent me over the edge.

  • Caroline

    Darn, this was my go-to lunch spot! We’ll miss you Melt Shop.

  • melt lover

    Ugh they are actually my favorite lunch spot.

  • FridayGirl

    Ugh. I just moved closer to here for work and wanted to go! Oh well.

  • skj84

    DAMMIT. This one is hitting me in the feels. Melt Shop was my favorite lunch spot. I loved their truffle melt and buffalo chicken sandwich. They also had Abita Root Beer on tap. UGH. This is so upsetting.

  • jcd

    That’s a shame–I occasionally got lunch or a snack there. But now I’m concerned about the businesses in the rest of the building. That sweetgreen next door is very popular, and the Staples is quite handy to have around. I hope they remain open.

    • PCC

      Hmm, good point. Staples is closing at least 50 stores this year, and some analysts speculate hundreds will close. Meanwhile, the Nordstrom Rack a block over shows that there’s a market for apparel in the area.

      It’s very odd for a one-year-old restaurant, paying $85 a foot, with an expensive build-out (which the landlord likely paid for) to get kicked out “for building construction.” And if this space is going to be combined with a new tenant in the Staples space, then Sweetgreen definitely will be in the way.

    • textdoc

      I don’t think I ever realized that there was a Sweetgreen there. (I don’t often go north of the entrance to Target/Best Buy/BBB.) Will have to check it out!

      • textdoc

        Oops — I misread. I thought the closed Staples that was being referred to was the Columbia Heights one… but this is L Street. Never mind…

        • Anon

          You had me SO excited for a sec to think there was a hidden target near my office.

    • ***

      I wouldn’t be terribly surprised if this building was getting prepared for the ‘downtown DC facelift.’ With so many new(er) buildings on the market, a lot of these older buildings can no longer complete or have to downgrade rental rates to attract tenants. There are several buildings within a block or two that have either been fully demolished and replaced or re-skinned – I could see either scenario for this building.

      • This is exactly what is happening. Several of the former tenants (my office included) have moved out of this building in the past few years, and I was informed by another company here that they were served notice last week that all tenants would be forced to leave during construction as the entire building is renovated. However, that is unlikely to be for a number of months, so not sure why Melt Shop needed to close so suddenly.

        • ***

          Maybe their lease was already up? Cut their loses now? Now that it’s swimsuit season everyone is eating at SweetGreen and Chop’t?

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  • That One Guy

    Darn…no more BLTs or chili cheese tots. I guess it’s a blessing in disguise, but still.

  • Anonymouse

    This is the worst! I have been wanting to go there for ages, but wanted to wait until after my May wedding so I could fit into the dress! Now I can’t! Whaaaaa!

  • JRL

    Always sad to see a business fail, but I had the worst grilled cheese of my life there. They didn’t even use real cheese

    • SouthwestDC

      I normally don’t eat processed food but the best grilled cheeses are with American cheese.

    • oh2dc

      I don’t think they failed. They indicated closure due to construction. This place was always packed at lunch. As noted by SouthwestDC, a classic grilled cheese sandwich is made with American (processed) cheese. I really enjoyed this place and sad to see it go.

  • Kara

    Used to work directly behind this place and it was not good. The Sweetgreen next door is constantly packed, but Melt Shop had only half the amount of patronage.

    • skj84

      While I disagree on quality, that is a good point. The first time I tried Melt Shop was because the line to Sweetgreen was too long and I didn’t have time to wait around. Every time I went in there wasn’t that much of a wait, even peak lunch time.


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