Young and Hungry

Capital City Diner, R.I.P. (2009-2012)

Trinidad's 1940s-era Capital City Diner, which rolled into Northeast D.C. from upstate New York in 2009, is closing this weekend, citing "rising costs, a declining economy, and a national chain 'diner' restaurant opening almost a stone's throw away." That chain: Denny's. Operators announced the shuttering on the diner's Facebook page on Friday. Prince of Petworth and DCist offer eulogies. Washington Business Journal notes that D.C. council twice considered legislation that would have given the transplanted diner a tax break. The shiny diner will be remain open this weekend from 7 p.m. to 6 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Then, the proprietors say, they'll be working to "reformat and improve" the concept. More details as they become available.

  • R. Starship

    I'm really bummed to see this place go. My wife and I live just two blocks away from the Diner and it's all-around decent place. I've worn off many a hangover from Jimmy V's there and Matt has always been friendly and accomodating. Unfortunately the number of tire and liquor stores never dwindles, nor does the sinking feeling that H Street's development will take many more years to spill over to Bladensburg.

  • Jane

    Beyond bummed. This is awful. Reformulate all you want because we'd hate for you to be gone for good.

  • Brian Muller

    Bring it to Anacostia!

  • Chris

    I agree, bring it to Anacostia or Bellvue!!! That would be AWESOME!!