Thursday, September 7, 2017

Sad news: Taqueria Distrito Federal has closed due to a rent hike; still open on Kennedy Street


This stinks. Taqueria Distrito Federal, the beloved taco spot at 3463 14th Street NW, has closed due to a rent hike according to PoP. Their Yelp page also shows them as closed.

TDF was one of the first taco spots in the area, if not the city, and was delicious and reasonably priced -- predating the taqueria explosion around the city and just being a great spot for tacos, Mexican food and more. A few years ago I called our area the taco-iest in the city.

The neighborhood has a ton of other taco spots now, like my fave Taqueria Habanero at 14th and Spring, Mezcalero next door to that, Taqueria del Barrio on Upshur, and more, but TDF was the original.

The other Taqueria Distrito Federal location at 805 Kennedy Street NW in Petworth is still open, so fans can hop on a bus or bike up there. That strip is really starting to heat up too, with a location of Anxo cider and more.

I understand that building owners want to maximize their profits, but this kind of thing always seems like cutting off your nose to spite your face -- raising rent so much a popular neighborhood institution has to close. I hope something cool comes in to replace it, and I hope the Kennedy Street location thrives.

2 comments:

Elizabeth said...

We live next door, and were also sad to see it go. As far as restaurant neighbors go, they were ideal. Noise was never an issue, and our front patio smelled amazing. Any word yet on what might replace it?

Anonymous said...

Many of these businesses need to adapt as the neighborhood changes. It's a tough situation, but if a place is doing well, they can usually weather rent hikes. My guess is that the emergence of Habenero and Mescalero had the most to do with it. Both are a little more hip and cool. I see people from all over DC coming into the neighborhood to eat st these places. TDF seemed static by comparison.