A look at what's going on in Trinidad, on H Street, and in the larger area north of Capitol Hill.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Now & Then

Zanzibar Chinese American Restaurant by Michael Horsley
Zanzibar Chinese American Restaurant, a photo by Michael Horsley on Flickr (from the Frozen Tropics pool)
I can't recall whether I posted this photo before, but I guess that just means it's been a while if I have. Here are the same two buildings during the 2012 H Street Festival.



Blogger Tom A. said...

How cool! So that old "Birdland" sign as from AFTER 1988? That surprises me.

Jan 11, 2013, 9:13:00 AM

Blogger inked said...

Tom, the Birdland sign is much newer that that. I remember when it went up (2005/2006).

Jan 11, 2013, 9:30:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I miss the gritty feeling of the old neighborhood.

Jan 11, 2013, 10:01:00 AM

Blogger Tom A. said...

wow Inked, that Birdland sign looked old almost immediately, and the business certainly didn't last long after that. 2006. It was closed when Taylor opened in uh... 2008?

Jan 11, 2013, 3:45:00 PM

Blogger Tom A. said...

from 2009 http://www.flickr.com/photos/rllayman/3944534556/

Jan 11, 2013, 3:52:00 PM

Blogger inked said...

Tom A.,
That sign always looked outdated, and it got busted up pretty quick after they closed.

Jan 11, 2013, 4:04:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The restaurant itself only lasted for a few months. They had some regulatory issues in the beginning. I recall them opening at the same that the Cluck-U chicken that became XII opened.

Jan 11, 2013, 10:38:00 PM

Anonymous diane said...

I went into Birdland not long after it opened and was standing in line. What I saw made me turn around and walk out..The dude that was cooking (with gloves on) also came to the cash register and took $$ from folks put it into the cash register, handed them their change and went back to cooking..all with the same gloves on. He never took them off..as soon as he handled the $$ he contaminated those gloves and then went he went back to touching food contaminated the food..GROSS

Jan 12, 2013, 6:59:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

But you have to admit, Birdland is a great name

Jan 13, 2013, 9:30:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used to go to this bookstore. It was so awesome. I miss the old neighborhood.

Jan 14, 2013, 2:06:00 AM


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