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Owner is close to finalizing the sale of Capital City Diner

Owner Matt Ashburn is close to closing a deal on his closed diner in Trinidad. (Matt Ashburn for The Washington Post)

Although he can’t reveal any specifics on the sale until it’s final, “it is my understanding that the buyer will keep the diner local to the area, which factored into my decision,” Ashburn e-mailed All We Can Eat this afternoon.

Ashburn had put the 1940s-era diner up for sale on eBay and netted a number of offers, Ashburn said, including one to move it down South for a generous sum of money. “The diner received a lot of attention, with interest from all over: Atlanta, Seattle, Florida, Toronto, Germany and more,” the owner noted. “Although some offers provided greater financial reward, I’d like to see it stay in the nation’s capital.”

Crews were working today to remove some of the additions that Ashburn had built around the vintage diner, which he hauled to Washington in 2009 to intense media and governmental scrutiny. “[W]e’ve removed the additions (restrooms, tiki bar, handicapped ramp, steps, etc.) and secured it to prepare it for the upcoming [move],” Ashburn wrote. “Once Pepco removes power from the site, we’ll be able to move forward.”

More on the sale as we know it.

Tim Carman serves as the full-time writer for the Post's Food section and as the $20 Diner for the Weekend section, a double duty that requires he ingest more calories than a draft horse.


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