Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Tegeste Ethiopian Restaurant has closed -- something going on with the landlord?

The restaurant shortly after opening
This looks like bad news: PoP reports that Tegeste Ethiopian Restaurant at 3521 14th Street NW has abruptly closed. It appears to be an issue with rent, as the landlord taped a returned rent check on the window, the restaurant's sign has been removed, and there's a For Rent sign in the window.

Kind of a harsh way to show that somebody hasn't paid rent, but then again I wouldn't be happy if I were a landlord and that happened.

The owner is Gladys Nunez, who also seems to own RedRocks (at least somebody who lives at her same address owns it, according to the city's database.) In 2007, there was some kind of issue with Ms. Nunez at the location where Tegeste was located: a person who rented an upstairs space alleged she was a scammer. Not sure what came of that, I'm trying to find out more.

This is too bad, as I liked the place. The decor was so-so, but the food was good and inexpensive. I wonder if it was too inexpensive. "Mama" Tegeste was a very nice lady too, she came out to say hello to most people there. I hope she lands on her feet somewhere else.

6 comments:

Mark Ludwick said...

Boo!

dcbee said...

noooooooooooooooooooooooooo

Anonymous said...

Nooo! I liked it there too. And she made gluten free injera.

Anonymous said...

sad sad sad bad news we loved Tegeste so much hmmmmmm, Tegest where are you?
Gladys nunez??????????

truth be told said...

This Gladys Nunez is a big time scammer and Mama Tegeste fell victim to her usual scams. She charged her over $5000 in rent for that little whole in the wall space.. It wasn't a matter of Tegeste not being able to pay rent and more like the landlady refusing to handle repairs and being UNREASONABLE beyond belief. Let us not forget she also collected $15,000+ (fifteen thousand dollars) deposit to rent the commercial space so if she really owned rent how about she use the deposit to cover it. I'm saddened to see how people doubted Mama Tageste's integrity, Ms. Nunez is the person who has absolutely no moral fiber nor integrity. She's unreasonable, abrasive, conniving, manipulative, evil, greedy, sadistc, power and money hungry business woman.

Call Gladys Nunez and see if she rents that space for $1,250, she charges $5000 for rent and you pay 30% of building taxes plus all utilities. She publicly shamed herself for claiming they hadn't paid rent since October 2010 a year later...come on people let us see the truth

Let us not get into Ms. Nunez's prior business practices. She was in court with the previous business (Catti mexican restaurant) for similar issues like refusing to repair building after weather caused extreme damages (snow storm) and business had to close for a long period which she didn't repair and still demanded they $4,500 in rent while business was closed. She does this to everyone who rents from her business ...stay clear because you were warned before and someone should look into how many how many times she's been sued for similar practices.

Anybody would be A FOOL to rent from her. Ms. Nunez the day DC government comes after you for all your illegal activities and wrong doings I hope they have no mercy on your wallet. Gladys has been completely irresponsible in managing her finances and living way beyond her means for too long now in financial crisises she's drowned in debt and swindling tenants...shame on you Gladys Nunez

We're on your side Mama Tegeste, we know the truth and where your heart is, sorry you had to find out the hard way about Ms. Nunez.

truthbetold said...

This Gladys Nunez is a big time scammer and Mama Tegeste fell victim to her usual scams. She charged her over $5000 in rent for that little whole in the wall space.. It wasn't a matter of Tegeste not being able to pay rent and more like the landlady refusing to handle repairs and being UNREASONABLE beyond belief. Let us not forget she also collected $15,000+ (fifteen thousand dollars) deposit to rent the commercial space so if she really owned rent how about she use the deposit to cover it. I'm saddened to see how people doubted Mama Tageste's integrity, Ms. Nunez is the person who has absolutely no moral fiber nor integrity. She's unreasonable, abrasive, conniving, manipulative, evil, greedy, sadistc, power and money hungry business woman.

Call Gladys Nunez and see if she rents that space for $1,250, she charges $5000 for rent and you pay 30% of building taxes plus all utilities. She publicly shamed herself for claiming they hadn't paid rent since October 2010 a year later...come on people let us see the truth

Let us not get into Ms. Nunez's prior business practices. She was in court with the previous business (Catti mexican restaurant) for similar issues like refusing to repair building after weather caused extreme damages (snow storm) and business had to close for a long period which she didn't repair and still demanded they $4,500 in rent while business was closed. She does this to everyone who rents from her business ...stay clear because you were warned before and someone should look into how many how many times she's been sued for similar practices.

Anybody would be A FOOL to rent from her. Ms. Nunez the day DC government comes after you for all your illegal activities and wrong doings I hope they have no mercy on your wallet. Gladys has been completely irresponsible in managing her finances and living way beyond her means for too long now in financial crisises she's drowned in debt and swindling tenants...shame on you Gladys Nunez

We're on your side Mama Tegeste, we know the truth and where your heart is, sorry you had to find out the hard way about Ms. Nunez.