Washington, DC


1321 14th Street, NW Photo by PoPville flickr user Josh

The Washington Blade reports:

“The Crew Club, which has operated as a gym, sauna and bathhouse for gay men in the nation’s capital for 25 years, will close its doors for good at its Logan Circle area location on February 29, according to its founder and co-owner DC Allen.” The report goes on to say that the building has been sold to Douglas Development.

“Dear PoPville,

Most gay men in this city have some “coming of age” story associated with this club. Read More

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3628 Georgia Ave, NW

Oof, this one hurts. Thank God for Looking Glass Lounge (a few doors down) but this was a truly great spot. Enjoy them and their hugely popular “buy one get one” for the next few months.

From the owners of DC Reynolds, one of the consistently best bars in D.C.:

“Our lease is up and as per usual landlord expectations for rent surpass what we’re comfortable with.

April 2020 will be the end of the run for DC Reynolds. Since March 17th 2012 we’ve opened our doors every single day to our neighbors, friends, and industry colleagues. Read More

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Thanks to Emma for sending word that signs were coming down at the Dupont location for Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Their website says:

“Please note, the Ruth’s Chris location at 1801 Connecticut Avenue is now closed. We are relocating to our new address at 21st and L Street NW. We are now accepting reservations for our new location for January 13, 2020 and beyond. Read More

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1120 9th Street, NW

Tom’s Chinese Laundry was located here for, approximately, forever. Their yelp reviews were through the roof positive. Truly the end of an era.

They stayed open when they were surrounded by boarded up buildings for years. Updates when we learn what becomes of the space. When I peaked in the door it was getting completely gutted. Read More

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Photo by Flickr user 42Jules

There was a time my friends. There was a time. If you pissed off the Gods and were last to be dropped off, I’d put it at about the 5th circle overall. If you were first, right on right on. Ed. Note: You were never first.

From CNN:

“Commuter company SuperShuttle, which has ferried fliers to and from dozens of airports since 1983, said it will shut down permanently effective December 31.”

Please share your most memorable SuperShuttle experience – I’ve repressed mine.

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730 Maine Ave, SW via Facebook

Ed. Note: Back in 2017 District Hardware and Bike moved from Foggy Bottom to The Wharf.

Thanks to all who messaged us the sad news. From District Hardware and Bike | The Velo Cafe:

“To our friends, family and neighbors,

With heavy hearts it saddens us to inform you all that as of this Sunday, December 1st at 5pm, District Hardware and Bike will be permanently closed for business. For 50 years we’ve operated District Hardware and Bike as an independent, family owned small business, and have done our best to bring a unique, neighborhood-focused concept to fruition. Unfortunately, things haven’t worked out the way we thought or planned, and we are unable to continue operating. Read More

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1940 11th Street, NW

Massive news from Washingtonian:

“The U Street Corridor wine bar and restaurant will close on Sunday, November 24, after 12 years of service. The silver lining: owner Paul Carlson says he plans to transform the space–which includes a front patio and rear outdoor bar– into a new concept with his team from nearby all-day cafe and cocktail bar, the Royal.”

Vinoteca launched the local wine bar craze here in 2007. In 2014 they briefly closed for “a little facelift” and in 2018 we heard that they had big renovations plans I don’t think ever happened. Stay tuned for updates as we learn more about the new plans but be sure to stop by before this Sunday if you want one last sip.

Update from Vinoteca:

“Friends, loyal guests, and everyone who has graced us with their presence over the last 12 years. It was 12 years ago this month that we opened our doors, and it is this Sunday that we close this chapter and prepare for the next. Thanks to all who have supported us over the years. And stay tuned to a very exciting new project coming from @paulcarlson05 + @theroyal_dc team in the new year.
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For now, please come say your farewells starting this Wednesday, with a very special final Flamenco show, and capping off with an all-day brunch on Sunday, “’til the eggs are gone and the Champagne bottles run dry!” Read More

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