By JC Leahy
Colonel Brooks Tavern employees today were notified that the Tavern will close its doors forever on September 15. On-duty employees were seen crying.
Colonel Brooks Tavern is a landmark in the Brookland area of DC. It is frequented by Catholic University and Trinity College students and employees, and by employees of nearby hospitals, among others. It is at 901 Monroe Street, NE, directly across the street from the Brookland Metro Station. The Tavern is closing to make way for private development of 205 to 220 upscale condominiums and 150 below-grade parking spaces. The new structure will include 12,720 square feet of street-level retail space as well. Colonel Brooks Tavern will not reopen in any of the new space, according to Colonel Brooks management.
"Where will we go for lunch now" lamented one nurse. "There's nothing else comparable around here!"