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Tune Inn suffers early morning fire

Fire in the Hole: Actually, the Tune Inn is a dive, and the owners are pround of it. They don't know when they'll reopen. (Tim Carman/The Washington Post)

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.

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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