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BBQ Joint Abruptly Closes at 14th and U St, NW

by Prince Of Petworth — November 28, 2016 at 9:50 am 20 Comments

2005 14th Street, NW

What a crazy weekend (RIP Rustik)!! The Washington City Paper reported this morning:

“The BBQ Joint, which opened on 14th Street NW in February, is now closed. Owner Andrew Evans informed the staff Sunday night.”

Seems this spot is getting very close to being labeled cursed if it already isn’t. This was an empty lot next to Marvin and Blackbyrd Warehouse was built and opened up back in 2011. Then it became a Vietnamese Restaurant and Pho house (Hanoi House) in 2012, and Marvin also expanded into the upstairs space in 2012, then it briefly housed a Maketto residency before becoming Den of Thieves. And now BBQ Joint has passed too. I vote Marvin take over the whole space!

  • long-time local

    Bubble starting to burst around here?

    • Beyond the possibility that a curse has been put on this location, I think there’s a limited demand for BBQ around here. Especially when so little of it seems to stand out. And yes, maybe the restaurant/bar market is nearing the saturation point. A decade ago, one could keep up with every new restaurant opening around town. That’s simply not possible anymore. With so many places opening and closing all the time, a lot of them are bound to be bad. And what about the labor pool? From my experiences there is not an unlimited supply of people who are good at working in restaurants in the DC area. Low wages and high cost of living.

  • Soooooooooooooooooo Happy!

    Agreed – Marvin should take over the whole space.

  • GBinCH

    This location really is cursed. I’m not sure about Marvin taking over the entire place, but I’d love it if Maketto would come back.

  • The food was a mediocre attempt at BBQ of different types and they excelled at none of them in my view. Additionally it was seriously overpriced. Portion sizes about 60 percent of what you normally would pay for BBQ anywhere else

    • U st.

      Agreed. It was a “fall back” option for us, but very reluctantly so. Not worth it.

  • OiWithThePoodles

    I’m not surprised. I walked by all the time and never saw more than one person in there. Often it was totally empty.

    It’s always sad to see a business fail, especially in a location that has seen so much turnover over the years. The food was good here, and I’m glad that I’ll still be able to get my BBQ fix at the Union Market location.

  • divebar311

    Sad to see another business close here. Either a) bring back Patty Boom Boom or b) bring back Den of Thieves which was essentially an overflow of Marvin’s. Need more places to dance and hear DJs.

  • FridayGirl

    The food was way overpriced and they even charged for suaces if you did take-out. I went once and said “Hell nah” to that.

  • BBQ_disjointed

    Not at all surprised. I went there once and wasn’t impressed at all. The brisket sandwich I got there wasn’t very flavorful as well as the sauces nothing to write home about. Considering the price, I saw no reason to go there a second time or even tell my friends to go there.

    If I was going to get BBQ I can go to several other places such as Texas Jacks or Wicked Bloom/DCity Smokehouse, or even Hill Country despite the premium prices.

  • bob

    I ate there several times. The food was mediocre so I am not surprised they went out of business.

  • Anonynon

    This place was straight garbage. Wanted to like it but failed miserably. Went there with 4 friends back when it first opened, for dinner around 7. They had some dude playing acoustic guitar way too loud considering there was a total of 5 people in the place….never went back after that. We couldn’t even talk to each other it was so loud.

  • ben

    They ran run out of beer on two occasions. RAN OUT OF BEER. Also they didn’t man the door, which on that corner is criminal, and a parade of marvin’s customers used the restaurant as their bathroom. I thought the pork was actually pretty good.

  • BBQ Lover

    Too bad. I liked this place. Casual, un-intimidating vibe, unlike a lot of other restaurants on 14th St.

  • Derek

    I tried it twice and wasn’t really impressed. Very expensive, and the ribs were on the small side.

    On the bright side I will be in Memphis over holidays for a great BBQ fix.

  • stacksp

    Mission BBQ seems to be one of the better locally owned (I think) BBQ spots in the DC Metro Area. I wonder if they would expand into the district.

  • Jamin Jimmy

    Hopefully their terrible Union Market location is replaced with better bbq. The staff there was always terrible, like you were bothering them if you wanted to order food.

  • anon

    never went, but i just wanted to point out how terrible (and overpriced) Hanoi House was and how it wasn’t bound to survive.

  • Piglet

    Could be rats.

  • C

    surely this comes as no surprise… however I always enjoyed the novelty of their late night take-out window


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