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Photo of Red Hook Lobster Roll by PoPville flickr user Mr. T in DC

Oh wow, Red Hook Lobster Pound DC’s Food Truck launched with HUGE excitement back in August 2010. Flashback:

“lines were forming by 11am. They sold out (after an additional resupply) by 3pm. Ah lobster rolls.”

What a ride!! Seriously.

Thanks to Michelle Goldchain for sharing the news with us on Saturday:

“Looks like @LobstertruckDC is leaving the food truck game!”

Red Hook Lobster Pound DC’s Facebook says: “Guess What? We’re selling our Food Trucks and all the goodies that go along with a food truck business!”

The Craigslist ad says:

“Great way to start your mobile business or expand your existing restaurant/catering business in a small or big way!

1) 2002 Freightliner MT-45 diesel with 202,802 miles. $25,900/OBO
2) 2001 Freightliner MT-45 diesel with 181,372 miles. $35,900/OBO

Both trucks have been successfully operating in DC, Arlington, Fairfax and Alexandria for over 10 years and have clean titles. Read More

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1st and D Street, SE via Tortilla Coast

UPDATE:

Oh my goodness. I too tried to call but the phone just rang without being picked up at 7:30pm anyway.

Tortilla Coast is, of course, “A Tex-Mex tradition on Capitol Hill since 1988”

Tortilla Coast closed their Logan Circle location at 15th and P St, NW back in 2017.

Updates when more is known.

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1422 L Street, NW

At the end of last month we broke the news that things were not looking good for the Post Pub. The Post’s Tim Carman breathed an ounce of hope but sadly that didn’t work out. This morning the Post Pub writes:

“I am sad to inform our customers and friends that due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related factors I am forced to close the Post Pub permanently. There’s simply no other option.

To all of our long time loyal customers, I can only say thank you!! More of you than I can name came in almost every day. You were the biggest part of the Post Pub family. A special thanks to the Washington Post employees who helped us pay a lot of bills over the years!

To my employees: I am sorry it ended so abruptly and that you must now look for employment elsewhere. After 43+ years in the same spot, it is hard for me to say goodbye. I am most proud of the fact that three people worked at the Pub for over 30 years and six people for over 20 years. That tells me it really was more than just a business, it was a family. Read More

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1212 18th Street, NW

From Facebook:

Statement on the closure of Eighteenth Street Lounge after 25 Years

Washington, D.C., has been the home of Eighteenth Street Lounge for the past 25 years, and I have had the great fortune to deliver unique nightlife experiences in a city that I love. The well-being of our patrons, and staff has always been a leading priority for the ESL team, and given the current uncertainty of when we can welcome patrons back safely, we have decided to close the space indefinitely. Read More

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1422 L Street, NW

Updates as more is known.

Update from The Post’s Tim Carman tweet:

“Hold those Post Pub eulogies for now. I just spoke with owner Bob Beaulieu, who said closure is not “100 percent for sure, but it’s not looking good.” He still has meetings planned with the landlord and others. More as I know it.”

The Post Pub wrote May 28th:

“Dear Friends of the Post Pub,

As you know, the COVID-related shutdown has been devastating to the hospitality industry, especially bars and restaurants. Mom and Pop businesses like the Post Pub are particularly hard hit. While a final decision about the future of the Post Pub has not yet been made, it does not look good. The economics of just outdoor seating or limited capacity don’t work when coupled with the high operations costs of a D.C. establishment.

For almost 44 years, the Pub has been honored to be a part of your day, evening, Happy Hour, or weekend. We’ve enjoyed being a place where people from every walk of life feel comfortable. We can’t thank you enough for your support over the years. As soon as a final decision has been made on the future of the Post Pub, we will update this page and the local media. Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts. #LongLivePostPub”

Thanks to Ben for sending:

“Getting the sad news from sources on staff that Post Pub will not be reopening. One of my favorite dives in DC along with several of my friends. Sad day and end of an era. Management told staff this morning apparently.”

I called the Pub and the phone just kept ringing without being picked up or going to voicemail. The Post Pub’s last Facebook post was March 16th and says: “Folks, the Post Pub has been in business for over 43 years. This shut down is tough. Please consider buying carry out food from us between 11am and 5pm beginning Tuesday 3/17.”

I asked Ben if they were still doing take out and he replied: “Don’t think they even did takeout. I called for takeout several times myself and they never answered”

Their website is still live and says:

“The building that houses the Post Pub was built in the late 1860s. At that time, it was a tailor shop owned by an influential German immigrant named Frederick W. Imhof. Mr. Imhof, who died in 1916, was also a prominent member of the Concordia Lutheran Church at 20th and G Streets, N.W.

During the Great Depression, the building at 1422 L Street sat vacant. Read More

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