Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Where's the Diner?

From the DCist web site
You may already be following the story of the Capital City Diner, a new restaurant planned by Trinidad resident Matt Ashburn (City Paper wrote about it yesterday). Ashburn and his partner, Patrick Carl, bought a Silk City Diner, one of those original 1940s era sleek modular diner buildings, in upstate New York and planned to install it on the site of one of the former used car lots shut recently shut down by Mayor Fenty. Great idea, right? We were definitely intrigued by the news, and had already set up a time for a photographer to go down there this weekend to check the place out.

The actual installation of the building was planned for today, but when the diner arrived at 1050 Bladensburg Rd. NE around 10:30 a.m. this morning, Ashburn Tweeted that an inspector from the D.C. Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs forbade them to move the building onto its concrete foundation. There's actually a pretty interesting Twitter exchange between Ashburn and @dcra regarding the stop work order.

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