Often when Capitol Hill restaurants and bars are put up for lease when still occupied by an active (but struggling) tenant, agents will provide vague locations and fuzzed-out glamor shots of a generic interior to help protect the innocent but short-lived.
So the writing was pretty much on the wall last month when a listing for a “PRIME CORNER Built-out Sports Bar for Lease” on E Pine didn’t bother to try to mask the reality. 500 East is a goner.
Tuesday, the bar born “World of Beers” at the corner of Pine and Summit announced it plans to close later this month:
It is with a heavy heart that I have to announce that on March 20th 500EAST will be closing it’s doors for the final time. We have had such a great time over the last couple of years with all of you. Let us make the next two weeks as big as possible!
You can read the rest of the goodbye note here.
A decade ago, this stretch of E Pine was a definitive part of Pike/Pine nightlife with a warren of bars — Kincora, Manray, Bimbo’s, Cha Cha — huddled together on the block. By 2013, the lots had been leveled, one-time Capitol Hill arch enemy developer Murray Franklyn had constructed a six-story, mixed-use apartment building, and national chain World of Beers had moved in.
It didn’t last. In 2014, business partners behind the bar sloughed off the chain connections and 500 East was born.
That didn’t last either.
Thanks to Dave for the tip.