Posts Tagged ‘diners’

Going, Going…Where? Capital City Diner Moved To Yet Undisclosed Location

NBC Washington has "raw video" of crews relocating the shuttered Capital City Diner from its prior setting in Trinidad to a yet undisclosed location. Eater, meanwhile, points to Twitter updates by owner Matt Ashburn hinting at a full reveal on the shiny 1940s-era diner's new home later today. More details as they become available. Watch […]

Shuttered Capital City Diner Not Going Anywhere (Maybe)

The owner of the Capital City Diner in Trinidad, which shuttered in January, tells Y&H alum and current Post scribe Tim Carman that he's close to selling the shiny 1940s-era diner. Better news: the apparent buyer wants to keep it in the District. Proprietor Matt Ashburn isn't dishing up any additional details, however, until the […]

Shuttered Capital City Diner Now Up For Sale On Ebay

More bad news for fans of the shuttered Capital City Diner: The Atlantic reports that owners Matt Ashburn and Patrick Carl have put their shiny 1940s-style diner up for sale on eBay. The internet auction suggests that the much heralded New York transplant, which Ashburn and Carl imported to Trinidad back in 2009, could wind […]

Young & Hungry Dining Guide by the Day: RIS

Chef Ris Lacoste’s mentor, the Beard-winning Bob Kinkead, always pushed his prize pupil to open a diner. Kinkead wasn’t trying to suggest that Lacoste lacks the skills to lead her own fine-dining establishment. He was acknowledging something true about the woman who kept his restaurants humming for years: Lacoste always wanted her own diner—or, more […]

Roadside Magazine Publisher Pissed That Silver Diner Plans to Raze Its Rockville Location

The publisher of Roadside, the magazine long dedicated to the chrome culture of classic diners, is not at all happy with Silver Diner's plan to demolish its Rockville location and build a spacious new $4.5 million diner just down the road. Roadside's Randy Garbin writes that he first visited the Rockville diner shortly after it […]

So Why Did Capital City Diner Apply for a Liquor License?

When I spoke with Capital City Diner co-owner Matt Ashburn back in February, he didn't rule out the idea of serving liquor but thought he'd wait at least a year or two before applying for a license. He wanted to establish his business first in Trinidad. The news last week that Cap City applied for […]

Young & Hungry Dining Guide by the Day: Capital City Diner

You know what? I don’t give a damn that Capital City Diner buys the majority of its ingredients from a giant food-service company, and I’ll tell you why. Sometimes I love a place just because of its history or its significance to a neighborhood or its atmosphere. (I’m sorry, but I don’t visit Florida Avenue […]

Ris Lacoste Fuses Fine Dining with Diners

During an interview I conducted late last year with Ris Lacoste, the fixture for a decade at 1789, the chef revealed some of the inspiration behind her new place, RIS, in the West End: Bob Kinkead, my dearest friend and mentor, said, ‘Ris, you look for an underserved neighborhood, you know.’ He would always say, […]

The Road to Capital City Diner Winds Through New York and Lots of D.C. Bureaucracy

When Matt Ashburn and Patrick Carl first spotted the historic Avoca Diner on eBay more than 11 months ago, they had no idea what a hassle it would be to buy the 1947 prefab structure, move it to D.C., and prepare it for its second life as Capital City  Diner. Nor did the owners know much […]

Opening Day at Capital City Diner

The neon "OPEN" sign said it all: After months of headaches and delays and budget crunches (much of which Y&H will detail in tomorrow's column), Capital City Diner finally opened for business yesterday in Trinidad. It was packed with neighbors, well-wishers, reporters, and even a surprise out-of-town guest. After the jump is my brief snapshot […]

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