Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Trinidad Market & Deli Shut Down
You can't read the date on the closure sign (below), but this happened within the last week. Apparently the cops went in first and briefly closed Trinidad Market and Deli, AKA Mike's, (which is WIDELY rumored to sell both Scooby Snax and Bizarro [$10 for a small bag], synthetic marijuana drugs related to K2 and Spice). Then DCRA and the Department of Health went in to conduct an inspection. Here's where the story gets really weird. I'm told that the employee who was on duty during the second inspection left the keys on the counter and disappeared out the rear door mid-inspection. Nothing odd about that at all...
Trinidad Market and Deli (1322 Florida Ave) has long been considered a menace by many in the community. I raised a stink about them on Twitter last year when an employee misunderstood my order and attempted to sell me a crack pipe. I've had (as have others) issues with Mike (Yohannes A. Woldemichael) and we have clashed over things like the fact that he chose to sell a variety of electronic scales (I believe he had eight varieties on display at one point) and other items that seem to target drug dealers. For the record, Mike told me he thought the electronic scales sold so well because people were using them for "science projects."
Interesting fact: Mike (Yohannes A. Woldemichael), the owner of Trinidad Market and Deli, also owns Capitol Fine Wines and Spirits (415 H Street). He at least opened Capitol Fine Wines, and was listed as the license holder in the most recent ABRA license records available online. In completely unrelated news, 1101 Mart (1101 H Street), Brother's Liquor (1140 Florida Ave), and Schneider's of Capitol Hill (300 Mass Ave) all offer a fine selection of beer and wine (and liquor for the last two options) without the worry that your money is going to an owner whose other store/employees sell(s) drug paraphernalia and drugs in Trinidad. I'm also told that Me & My Market (1111 H Street) has recently reopened with a very nice craft beer selection.