D.C. neighborhood favorite shuts its doors
Panera Bread may be coming to Colombia Heights instead of Adams Morgan, TBD reported Monday. Attorney Louis Courembi, who represents the landlord for the Adams Mill building, says nothing has been signed for the Adams Mill space yet. He did say, however, "It's got a great patio area and lends itself to a bar-based situation." Meaning we could get another summer patio spot soon. We'll keep you updated.
A choice DC patio spot closed this weekend, soon to be replaced by a Panera Bread, Prince of Petworth reported today. Adams Mill Bar and Grill, just north of 18th Street and Columbia Road NW, sold their last inexpensive beers in Adams Morgan this weekend, all at $3 a pop.
It's not the first time Panera has swooped in to replace a local favorite: The chain replaced the cherished Lawsons Deli in Dupont Circle in November.
A few of our Posties shared other neighborhood favorites that closed, such as the Biograph Theater, which became a CVS in 1996, and the Key Theater in Georgetown, which once showed art house films but which now serves as space to hawk furniture.
A Post editor who used to work in Arlington remembers Dr. Dremo's Tap House, a "funky bar with cheap pool and a great array of beers," which shut down in 2008 to make room for condos. After the market crashed, the spot became a fenced-in grass lot.
What neighborhood favorites of yours have been replaced? Or do you say good riddance to dive bars such as Adams Mill?
But as this writer bemoans the loss of standalone bars or theaters to chain stores, I have to say I celebrate the District's native "chains," such as the night spot monopoly run by Ian and Eric Hilton of Thievery Corp. They've been the brainchild behind many much-beloved spots in the city, including 18th Street Lounge, the Gibson, Marvin, and Patty Boom Boom.
Sometimes, central management can be a good thing. Especially when they produce a song like "Lebanese Blond." Listen here, D.C.:
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