Don’t Sleep on Swampoodle!! “should be opening next week”

by Prince Of Petworth June 2, 2016 at 3:55 pm 42 Comments

5501 14th Street, NW

Famous last words I know, but it looks for real this time!! Thanks to a reader for sending the Swampoodle update:

“Scuttlebutt to accompany the new photo — my wife bumped into the owner, who said they just got final approval today and should be opening next week. We’re ready to spend $$ there if true.”

  • Madison St. Resident


  • KenyonDweller

    Holy crap I hope this is true.

  • gotryit

    I feel like winning this race isn’t really “winning”. It’s just not being the worst loser.

    That said, I can’t wait to be able to walk there with the family.

  • anon

    I’ll believe it when I see it.

    • Jaded Neighbor


  • anon


    • another neighbor


  • neighbor

    Your move, Slim’s.

  • 7thStTechGuy

    Kind of cool to see the Old Irish Neighborhood get some shine in the form of what looks like a pretty good restaurant!

    • Dan

      Irish neighborhood? Is this some type of racist comment?

      • Blithe

        I’d guess that this is more of a historical comment than a racist one.

      • DupontDC

        Really? I hope you’re being sarcastic.

  • another neighbor

    Woohooo!!!! I’d almost lost hope.

  • Anonymous

    Wow! Swampoodle ended up beating Homestead and Slim’s Diner! The dark horse (err…poodle?) wins!

  • 16th St. Heights

    YAYYYYY! We are soooo ready.

  • Anon


  • anonymous

    I don’t understand the hype for this place?

    • stacksp

      Not sure how anyone knows if the food will be good or not

      • anon

        People are excited because there are, at the moment, zero high quality sit-down restaurants in Sixteenth Street Heights. This is a big deal, regardless of how good the food is.

        • anonymous

          Ah, I see now. Thanks

        • stacksp

          Makes sense to me.

        • Tom

          Highlands/ Mocha Hut has been in the neighborhood for years. Bright, shiny object!

          • anon

            Ok, one higher end sit-down restaurant (if you want to stretch and call Highlands that) in the neighborhood. You’re right, no reason to be excited about having another option. Highlands is also in another retail district, albeit pretty close by.

    • Jim

      And it’s nowhere near Swampoodle.

    • d

      I think it’s not hype, but desperation. Guessing there aren’t many or any decent restaurants in the hood.

      • Anonymous

        Lots of people are hoping that their neighbourhood becomes the next Logan Circle (with accompanying real estate gains)

        • textdoc

          I don’t think it’s greed — people just want a nearby restaurant they can go to.

  • Longfellow

    I live three blocks away and have closely followed the drama surrounding this place. Sorry to burst your bubble folks but this place isn’t opening next week.

    Everyone should be cautiously optimistic but expect to wait another
    year. There’s no “soft opening”, no website, no recent activity on Facebook, no “help wanted” ads, and there are still planters filled with dead plants on the roof. Opening next week isn’t happening and the owner needs to stop being a prick tease with the neighbors.

    • Kennedy

      Seriously. I’ve heard “Swampoodle is opening next week” 2-3 times over the past 6 months.

    • ANON


    • GDI

      Swampoodle did open on June 11th, in case you haven’t seen!

  • Anon

    I must say their exterior renovations turned out much better than Slim’s Diner. Why Ruppert didn’t pay to paint the exterior of the Murell Building is beyond me. It wouldn’t be that expensive to paint it or remove the cheap lettering. That being said, he probably know he doesn’t have to do anything and the place will be packed day and night.

    • They completely changed the appearance of the part of the building they occupy…

  • Ugh, that logo.

    • Philippe Lecheval

      Agreed. First they completely inappropriately borrow the name of a neighborhood that a) nobody has used in a hundred years and b) is nowhere near Brightwood; and then that logo. Ugh is right.

      • anon

        You forgot (c) invested hundreds of thousands of dollars to renovate an old property and bring a restaurant to a neighborhood that so badly wants one and needs investment. There’s another Swampoodle neighborhood in Philly — if you someone told you it was named after that, would you care as much? Also, Taqueria Distrito Federal is not actually in Mexico City either.

        • ANON

          Thank you, I am pretty sick and tired of hearing people drag down the place because they have some holier than thou attitude about restaurant names. Give it a rest people, your concerns about the location of the restaurant vs the historic neighborhood of swampoodle have been noted (on seemingly every post). If you are still bothered by it you are welcome to steer clear of the restaurant but please for the love of god spare us the continued negativity and the monotony of having to read your drivel.

    • Lisa

      I love the logo, and it’s immediately identifiable. And a good brand.

  • meerswan

    we talked to the guy spray-painting the logo on the west side of the building—he confirmed that the plan was to open next weekend (i.e. june 3-5ish).

  • neighbor

    Enough with the name-bashing, the logo bashing, the comment about the dead plants, FFS! Let’s all channel our energy into supporting Mr Stone when it does open! See you at the Poodle!


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