Washington, DC


2602 Connecticut Ave, NW

Thanks to Margot for passing on the sad word from Salon Roi:

“Friends, it is with mixed emotion that we share this with you! Like millions, we have been struggling for over a year now to keep our DOORS OPEN, while operating 20/30% of our normal capacity and Income. We have done a good job following all the COVID rules to the “T.” AFTER ALL THAT, we were not successful in negotiating a new LEASE. So, like many long-time businesses in Woodley Park, we are forced to close the doors of Salon Roi after 52 years in the same Building.

So, June 30th, we will be leaving Our MARILYN MURAL behind, as we all pack our styling carts and head to SALON ROI (#2) Read More

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2001 S Street, NW

Thanks to all who passed on from Glen’s:

“I wanted to reach out to share some news that impacts our relationship. Do not fret, my friends, you’re not going to lose your neighborhood grocery store (the team made it through the pandemic safe and sound), things are just about to change a bit around here — for the better, ultimately. I’ll be leaving the company (in excellent hands) this summer.

As you know, I opened Glen’s Garden Market on Earth Day of 2013, because I’d given up on Congress and knew we could make more climate progress together than they would in the meantime. And over the course of nearly a decade, we’ve made a whole lot of progress — one bite at a time. We put the environment first in our decisions, from the products we supported together to our careful waste streaming practices and our joint efforts to eliminate food waste. We launched almost 100 local, sustainable food companies of which over 60 were founded by women and more than 20 are owned by people of color. Our space often felt more like an activated community center than a grocery store. In short, we did what we set out to do.

As I began reflecting on what it meant to step into the last year of our first decade (which we did on Earth Day), three realizations set in: (1) we still have a lot of work left to do, (2) I needed to do everything in my power to hold my team together, and (3) I needed to position the store to thrive indefinitely — for our producers and for you, our community. However, our lease expires next summer, and for a series of reasons, I wasn’t going to be able to renew it.

And so, last month, I sold Glen’s to a long-time independent, specialty grocer with one other store in the area, who sees the world the way I do. Read More

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Adams Morgan Inn Says Good-Bye after 38 Years — by Adam Crain, owner, Adams Inn B&B

“After 38 years, the 27-room Adams Inn on Lanier Place in Washington DC is now closed, another victim of the Covid pandemic. Founded in 1983, Adams Inn’s namesake was its Adams Morgan neighborhood. There were two previous owners before I became owner in 2001. It is sheer coincidence that I share the same name as the Inn.

Adams Inn prided itself on affordability, always offering several rooms for under $90/night. With an average room rate of $128/night, breakfast included, the Inn was flooded with budget-conscious travelers. Our 86% annual occupancy rate was one of the city’s highest year after year. Many guests were repeat visitors, and many stayed for weeks at a time.

The Inn offered an intimacy rarely seen at larger hotels. With a small staff and low turnover, I got to know my staff; and they in-turn got to know our guests. My staff’s work ethic never ceased to amaze me; sick days were a rarity, and the work was fast paced. Most employees lived, at best, paycheck to paycheck, some hovering just beyond poverty. All were consumed with providing for their families, and as a result they yearned for work. I cannot imagine a group of harder working people. Yet because Covid devastated the hospitality industry, many will likely be left behind even as the economy recovers. Read More

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1746 Lanier Place, NW

For those not familiar: “Adam’s Inn, a Victorian B&B spanning three 100-year old buildings on a quiet residential street, has been a “home away from home” for international and budget-conscious travelers for 20 years.”

Thanks to all who messaged about Adams Inn closing: “Saw this sign this morning, little sign says Closed 2021. Will miss their crazy Halloween displays!” Read More

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1345 Connecticut Ave, NW

In late December Barredindc reported that “The Big Hunt Has Terminated Its Lease. Building for Sale/Rent”. I’ve been waiting for official word to come out but after spotting this dreaded sticker, I can be in denial no more:

For those not familiar:

“The Big Hunt is a one-of-a-kind dive bar and comedy venue in a sea of trendy clubs in the Dupont Circle area of Washington DC.

Open since 1992, The Big Hunt is one of DC’s oldest beer bars and has been serving quality craft beers on draft since long before the craft movement became mainstream”

The Big Hunt’s website is no longer live, their phone number has been disconnected and their last Facebook post is a tribute to their founder Joe Englert (RIP) and the page lists that they have “Permanently Closed”.

There’s much that can be said about The Big Hunt. It had it’s ups and downs like all spots do that have been open for so many years. At the end of the day all I can say is that I spent many many hours here, had many many good times here and met many many great people here. This Big Hunt was a great bar. Read More

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2612 Georgia Ave, NW

WUSA9 reported:

“An iconic D.C. business was forced to close because of the coronavirus pandemic and the owner’s medical issues.”

From GoFundMe:

“The iconic Howard Deli, located on Georgia Avenue NW, sadly had to close its doors after 40 years of serving the community. Owner Kent “Kenny” Gilmore has suffered several strokes and can no longer continue maintaining the deli. Additionally, COVID significantly impacted sales at the deli since his beloved Howard University and Benjamin Banneker High School Faculty and Students were not physically present to create foot traffic into the deli. Read More

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From the 20th anniversary celebrations in 2019

From WAMU:

“After 23 years delivering vital, regional news programming to the D.C. region, The Kojo Nnamdi Show will end production this spring. WAMU announced today that the final live show will air on Thursday, April 1, 2021. While host Kojo Nnamdi will be stepping back from his daily duties on the mic, he will stay engaged with his four-decades-long commitment to journalism by continuing to host the popular The Politics Hour on Fridays. Read More

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