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“Has been dark a week and a half. No sign, no advanced warning.”

by Prince Of Petworth — November 1, 2016 at 11:10 am 26 Comments

1025 Vermont Ave, NW just north of K St

Uh oh – a reader reports:

Juice Joint closed. Has been dark a week and a half. No sign, no advanced warning. Can you find out if it’s permanent or temporary?”

Not looking good, I called the number listed on their website (which is still active) and it was disconnected with no forwarding number.

The Juice Joint Café has been serving Washington DC’s healthiest quick-service dine-in & professional catering fare since 1997.

We specialize in vegan, vegetarian & traditional dishes made with fresh, all-natural foods which are vital to your good health. The Juice Joint Café menu offers freshly prepared juices & smooties, as well as breakfast, lunch & carry-out dinners designed with your health in mind!

  • ajr

    Nooooo!! This is my go-to for options in healthy eating. ARGH!

  • wdc

    Speaking of closed… Did I miss an announcement about the Sweetgreen at 19th and L? That place was ALWAYS packed, lines out the door. What happened?

    • when did that happen?!?!

      • wdc

        Dunno! I went yesterday and there was a sign saying “this location is now closed”.

        • jcd

          The grilled cheese place next to it closed a few months ago. Reportedly, the whole building is going to be re-skinned, presumably with glass walls, the same way that many other downtown office buildings are. The Staples will probably be next to close.

        • LG

          Uh, I’m literally eating a salad that I picked up from the Sweetgreen on 19th and L a half hour ago. It’s still open! Or at least, if it’s closing for construction, it hasn’t closed yet.

        • Dolf

          This location has always been a trouble spot for sweetgreen. Golden Triangle is a drain and rent is crazy. No weekend traffic, no dinner traffic. It’s consistently been one of their worst performing locations. With winter coming, lunch traffic will drop in half (if not more). This is a long time coming from what I’ve heard. One other DMV location may also be on the chopping block.

          • Lisa

            There’s been a lot of construction on the Sweetgreen opening on I between Connecticut and 18th.

          • tom

            Sort of a side not, but the Golden Triangle really needs to be retooled in a more mixed used direction. It is way to office oriented. Nothing pencils out there other than 9-3 lunch spots and expensense account lunch places.

  • BostonToShaw

    What!? No!? The brothers were so wonderful and the food was great!

  • Ryan

    They’re closed. They were my office’s go-to catering place (the orzo salad!).

    Colleague placed an order on the day they closed and got a very sweet and somber email response letting us know they couldn’t fill the order.

    Don’t know when/if they plan on reopening.

  • Barijho


    2016 has been a rough year. I hope 2017 is better.

    • INWDC

      Man I couldn’t agree more – fingers crossed that 2017 brings some much needed good juju.

  • T.

    Genuinely gutted about this. Juice Joint was a reliable, friendly, independent place where you could actually get healthy lunch food downtown. They renovated/expanded not that many years ago, and they were always packed at lunchtime, so this is quite a shock.

    • INWDC

      Agreed…and it was very clean inside which isn’t the case for a lot places in DC at this price point.

  • Agree with the sentiments here. Juice joint was about the best lunch spot I’ve encountered in DC; great food and friendly and competent staff.

  • Reb

    This is a travesty.

  • Californian

    I’ve heard that it was Landlord/Tenant related. Rent increase situation.

  • Dee

    I had the opportunity to say goodbye to the owner. It was an emotional moment for him and his customers. I’ve been buying from Juice Joint for over 10 years. I’m really going to miss the healthy food options and the down to earth staff. My heart aches every time I think of it:(

    • John

      That is the saddest food related story that I have heard in a long time. That was my favorite place in all of DC.

    • Cindy502

      Since you had a personal conversation with the owner, could you share with us why they closed? Thank you!

  • sad girl

    this is so sad! I just discovered this place as I just moved here from NYC, where you can find spots like this all over. I can’t seem to find any in DC! No places to just get a good basic smoothie! Any suggestions for similar spots in the DC area?

  • I am sad that one of the authentic places for healthy food and welcoming staff, which made Washington feel a little more normal and less pretentious, closed its doors. Goodbye Juice Joint. So many of us will miss you. Thanks for many good moments in time.

  • Enrique

    I have a feeling the closings of both the Washington Post building and the Bureau of Economic Analysis building had a large part in this. I worked in the area for five years and it seemed it is going through a phase of redevelopment. If only JJ could wait until the the new tenants move in. I used to love the Veggie Lasagna special on Thursdays!

  • Melissa Rose

    Nearly a month later and no change…

    All the stuff is still there too?

    Why didn’t they move locations or put up a sign or comment online????

    Hoping for juice again soon


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