From the looks of it, Maple View Deli (corner of MLK, Maple View, and Pleasant Street) has closed up shop. One can hope that maybe it will open its doors again, but they've been closed for a couple weeks now, with rumors swirling that it is permanent.
As we all know, it wasn't the most attractive or inviting carry-out in the world, but the owner and employees were very kind and the food was good. What's too bad is that I have been working with Maple View for the past few months on applying for facade grant money and getting designs to retrofit the non-so-welcoming building into a fun and inviting one. I even applied for an Awesome Foundation grant to help revive the interior because I really loved the spirit of the place. See below for the exterior plans:
rendering courtesy of DC Historic Designs
Again, maybe this is just a temporary thing, but it looks like Maple View Deli is closed for business. I wonder if this means the owners of this block (own Maple View and the two unpleasant apartment buildings behind it), will do something drastic and awesome with their land...