The big news this morning for Washingtonians with a sense of history — and a love of dive bars — is that the Tune Inn on Capitol Hill suffered a kitchen fire that caused, according to reports, about $75,000 to $100,000 in damage.
The fire apparently started in the kitchen, though the cause is still not clear. One witness heard it was a grease fire, though another witness tied to the restaurant denied that. The fire was apparently limited to the kitchen and the surrounding duct work, even though owner Lisa Nardelli told the Post this morning that there may be some smoke damage to the stuffed animal heads, historic photos and other delightful kitsch on the walls.
If you’ve never been to the Tune Inn, well, first of all, what’s wrong with you? Second of all, you can get a taste of it from “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives,” which visited the Tune Inn last year.
The Tune Inn has been in Nardelli’s family since 1947. Its owners claim that it holds the second oldest liquor license in the District of Columbia.
It’s not clear when Nardelli and crew will be able to use that license again. They don’t know yet when they will reopen.
More as we know it.