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.