A passerby walks down L Street NW outside the Reserve, whose furnishings were piled on the curb. (Lauren Sharpe/The Washington Post)

Rather, passersby saw four Reserve employees, three of whom were engaged in a card game, sitting outside a closed front door. They shared a curb with an approximately 4-foot high pile of tables, chairs, storage bins, trash bags, a fold-up easel typically used to advertise daily specials and the remainder of the restaurant’s belongings.

Deputy marshal Cole Barnhart, spokesman for the U.S. marshal service, said The Reserve was evicted from its building at 1426 L St. NW.

Employees declined to comment.

The Reserve opened in September 2009.