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Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 11/10/2005

Hold Your Horses

By Fritz Hahn

Rumors spread like wildfire yesterday after a blogger on DC Urban Family took a picture of a beer delivery truck parked outside Capitol Lounge. The Capitol Hill watering hole has been closed since May after being gutted by a fire. Could the reopening be imminent?

Short answer: No.

"This town is so small and so crazy," laughs Capitol Lounge bartender and manager Tony Tomelden, who says he's received messages from 15 people asking about the Lounge's status. "We were just unloading the old kegs from the cooler." There's no timetable for reopening, as the staff still hasn't been able to enter the building to do any work on the structure. "We're still waiting on insurance, so it's basically 'hurry up and wait,'" Tomelden says.

In the meantime, Tomelden is focusing on his own sports bar, the Pug, which will be located at 1234 H Street NE. He's currently awaiting building permits and in the process of getting his liquor license for the property. Tomelden purchased the spot a few months ago; he says, "The Pug is small enough that once I get the permits, I could be ready in three weeks."

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | November 10, 2005; 10:30 AM ET
Categories:  Bars and Clubs  
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Speaking of bars reopening, is Kingpin ever going to reopen?

Posted by: AJE | November 11, 2005 7:08 PM | Report abuse

I walked by the Lounge last Friday (11/25) and the sidebar is almost completely finished. The floors are newly polyurethaned, there are four new TVs above the bar, and all new booths and furniture. The sidebar, at least, looks better than it ever did!

I believe the rumor is that the sidebar will open in about two weeks, with the main bar opening in late January. And not a moment too soon!

Posted by: Poshboy | November 28, 2005 2:23 PM | Report abuse

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