Tune Inn, beloved Capitol Hill bar, to close for summer
- The kitchen fire early last week caused between $75,000 and $100,000 in damage. (Source: TBD, Jenny Rogers)
Tune Inn, the Capitol Hill dive bar that opened in 1947, is a place where patrons and bartenders know your name — or, at least, your profession (journalism) and alcohol tolerance (impossibly high).
Now the District's shoe-leather reporters will have to find another summer watering hole.
Last Wednesday morning, a kitchen fire at the bar brought dozens of firefighters to put out the blaze. Originally said to be up-and-running in a few short weeks, the Tune Inn is instead expected to close for up to 10 weeks, says owner Lisa Nardelli during an interview with WTOP.
The fire at 331 1/2 Pennsylvania Ave. SE was mostly contained to the kitchen. "That old kitchen door we had, that saved us," Nardelli says. She plans on refinishing and reinstalling the door with painted flames — a tribute to the firefighters who saved her bar. A message spray painted on the outside of the boarded-up bar reads "D.C.F.D. Thanks for saving us!"
Photographs show a charred kitchen in which dishes actually melted. The Tune Inn plans on gutting the space and starting over.
"That's the only way I'd be able to get a new kitchen," Nardelli said during an interview with the Washington Post. "We'll do our best to get it up and running as soon as possible."
Summer won't be the same without you, but perhaps neighboring Hawk 'n' Dove will fill the void.
[Ed. note: Nothing can fill that void.]
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