With a successful string of Eastside locations, Ooba Tooba has closed its Broadway restaurant after less than one year in business on the busy — and sometimes brutal — retail and restaurant strip.
“They’re moving out as I type this,” tipster Andrés told us Tuesday night as the eatery was packed up and carted away.
We’ve asked the restaurant’s management for more information about the closure in a space that has seen a recent succession of relatively short-lived restaurant plays. Whatever the causes, Ooba Tooba’s attempt to join the growing Capitol Hill food and drink economy and especially its nightlife-focused opportunities seems to have proven unsuccessful in near record time.
CHS reported last June on Ooba Tooba’s plans to open what was to be its fifth location with the Broadway venture.
By our count the Ooba Tooba closure coupled with the recent passing of Broadway’s Taco Del Mar and opening of Chipotle brings Capitol Hill’s current Mexican restaurant population to 17 — Mezcaleria Oaxaca will make it 18 later this summer. It also comes in the wake of news the Broadway Alley-perched Tacos Chukis will be expanding in its space.