The Trover Card Shop on Capitol Hill will not reopen after sustaining damage from a fire that closed the store for several weeks; instead the card shop will be combined with the nearby Trover Store.
“It’s preliminary, but I believe we are not going to reopen at that location,” owner Al Shuman said. “There’s just too much smoke damage, too much damage to repair.” Shuman would not disclose the cost of the damage.
Combining the card shop, located at 227 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, and the bookstore, located a few doors down at 221 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, will involve some small renovations that already are under way and will not close the store. Shuman says he hopes to unveil the card shop addition shortly after Oct. 1.
The card shop was severely damaged by a fire that began in the early hours of Aug. 8 behind the neighboring Capitol Lounge. More than 100 firefighters responded to the 5:15 a.m. call and put the fire out before it spread beyond the two businesses. The bar saw damage to several kitchen walls and the back porch.
“We opened one day later,” manager Adam Manson said, noting that the kitchen was quickly repaired, but the back porch is still closed.
Rebuilding the back porch is going to be a huge undertaking, he said, “so we really can’t go on with it until we get some kind of money from the insurance company.” The bar has submitted its claim and should receive the money in about two months.
This was the second fire to hit the lounge in two years — both were caused by cigarettes that had not been fully extinguished and then tossed into trash cans, according to Alan Etter of Fire and Emergency Services.
“It was the very same thing as last time,” he said. He added that even though the city has banned smoking inside bars and restaurants, cigarettes can still cause fires.
Push for D.C. Voting Rights on Hill Today
Mayor Adrian Fenty (D), DC Vote and other advocates will rally support today for the D.C. House Voting Rights Act in advance of Senate consideration of the bill on Tuesday. The rally will begin with an 11 a.m. news conference in front of the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Constitution Avenue Northeast. Also participating are the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, former Republican vice presidential candidate Jack Kemp and Raoul Cunningham, president of the Louisville, Ky., chapter of the NAACP. After the rally, supporters will distribute literature to Senate offices.
Also today is DC Vote’s second National Call-In Day for DC Voting Rights. Residents are urged to call Senators toll free at 866-346-3008 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern.
— Alison McSherry and Daniel Heim