Cafe Roma, the lunch spot across the street from the Capitol on L Street, has closed, reports the Capitol Morning Report.
Owner Abe Saadeh opened the establishment in 2010, offering coffee, pizza sandwiches, gelato, etc. Two years later, the restaurant doubled in size when Saadeh took over the adjacent space that once housed Mr. Don's Hair Design. The expansion allowed Saadeh to add several more tables, something he thought was necessary at the time to accommodate busy lunch crowds.
Read the entire entry in Tuesday's Capitol Morning Report (subscription required).
I stopped by on Tuesday evening and saw that all the tables and most of the equipment for the restaurant had been removed. A quick check on its very active twitter account shows that the last post was on June 11.
A restaurant matching its description was, at least at one point, on sale on RestX.com.
Having worked in and around the State Capitol for more than a decade, I've eaten at Cafe Roma more than a dozen times, but I haven't been there in several years. While the food was often good, I never felt full or satisfied after eating one of their salads. I don't have that same issue eating salads at other local restaurants like La Bou or Chicory.
While I feel for the owners and workers at the restaurant, I'm also excited for what comes next. Downtown needs a Pluto's or Jack's Urban Eats. Maybe this makes the perfect location for a takeout only store? One can only hope.
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