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The Black Rooster to Crow Again

blackr.jpgJody Taylor has joined that select group of people who got to attend their own funeral. I last saw the owner of the Black Rooster Pub at a huge wake at his L Street NW establishment on Oct. 16. After more than 35 years the bar was set to close, victim of a lost lease and the expansion of the Peace Corps, with whom the pub shares a building.

But Jody tells me the Rooster lives. With the help of D.C. Council member Jack Evans (and, I like to think, no small influence from this column), the bar is going to stay right where it is.

"I was able to come to terms with the landlord," Jody explained in an e-mail to me. "We will be able to stay and will reopen after approximately two weeks. Good time to do a thorough cleaning, polishing and dusting."

Don't dust it off too much, Jody! That's what we call "history."

Since I was there for the Rooster's "last" night, I hope to be there for its "first." If you see me there, let me buy you a drink.


Jody Taylor, smiling again.

By John Kelly  |  October 30, 2009; 9:10 AM ET
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