Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Breaking News: Murky Coffee to Close

I bring good news and bad news. Bad news first:
Dear valued customer,

It's with great sadness that I announce that in a few weeks, murky coffee will be relocating from here in Clarendon to a new location in Washington DC.

The property here at 3211 Wilson Boulevard was sold last year, and market rent is simply more than we can afford.
Sad, but not unexpected. As first reported last year, Murky was not so good at paying its taxes.

Now the good news:
In the coming months, I hope that you'll join us in welcoming a new coffee shop here, brought by the talented folks at the renown Liberty Tavern just up the street. They'll be bringing their years of experience, a full renovation of the building, and top-quality service. We are proud to call them our friends, and plan to support them in setting up their coffee program. That said, we ask that you'll join us in welcoming and supporting them.
Liberty has quickly emerged as one of Clarendon's hottest nightspots (in no small part because it's smoke-free). I'd been worried about this location turning into a Starbucks when Murky closed, but there's strong reason to hope Liberty's owners can keep the Common Grounds/Murky Coffee tradition alive!


Sara said...

april fools, right? i love my murky, dang.

MB said...

Loss of self-important tax-cheating deadbeats? So sad.

Bring back the junk shop.

MB -

(actually, the more interesting story - if it can all be pieced together - is how the guys that were going to run Haze (on Wilson) managed to botch that.)

John B. said...

Too bad. I really liked their Capitol Hill shop when I lived in DC.

Cybertelecom said...

T'was in Murky Business the other day. The Daze of Common Grounds as a Hippie (psuedo Christian) Third Place Coffee Hang out are long gone. The coffee cost more than StarredBux. The decor is gone and what is left looks like a "This Old Dump" project. There is no food. Hav the lights were either out or burned out. It just isnt a nice place to be any more. What is a free loading by-one-cup-of-coffee-for-two-hours-of-wifi persons suppose to do?!? Common Grounds was great; Murky was lame.

Glad to hear the Yuppie Tavern is going to give it a go. Butt last thing we need is anuther COSI, Starredbux, or Panerea. Bleah.

Bill Ryan said...

sad! I'm going to miss Murky.

LAgirl said...

aaahhh. i'm actually sad. when visiting recently from LA, i stopped by murky to see if all the hype about their coffee was true... and i had the best americano i've ever had in my life! looks like i'll have to go further out of my way to get that coffee fix next time i'm back on the east coast.