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The Li’l Pub Goes On the Block and Is Under Contract – CVS Bids to Expand




The Li’l Pub Goes On the Block and Is Under Contract – CVS Bids to Expand

by Larry Janezich

The Li’l Pub is on the way out.  Building owner Herb Lehner has entered into a contract to sell the property to the adjoining CVS.  It was offered to the long time lease holder Howard Schurr, proprietor of the Li’l Pub, but he declined to buy.  If the deal goes through, CVS will reportedly use the additional space to expand its pharmacy. 

The Li’l Pub is widely recognized as an iconic and authentic neighborhood bar with a diverse clientele and one of the last hold outs against a wave of renovated and redeveloped faux-traditional and theme-oriented restaurants catering to young professionals and congressional staffers.  Featuring inexpensive drinks, pool tables, and a killer juke box, the pub – with only a dozen or so seats at the bar – has a city-wide reputation far larger than the collective enthusiasm of its regulars.  It will likely soon join the long list of divey neighborhood favorites which have given way to the economic realities of Capitol Hill’s changing demographics.            

Lehner is a long time Capitol Hill real estate developer and has developed and renovated many properties on Barracks Row and Capitol Hill since 1969.  Many of the buildings on 8th Street at one time were owned by Lehner, including what was the Patio Cafe and is now the Old Siam, as well as the building housing Café 8, the former Ellington’s Café.  Lehner also owned much of the block on 8th Street, just below I Street, closer to the Navy Yard.


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Piece of The Story

“The Party, Before you Came and After You Left”. Which is front and which is back is up to the viewer.

Piece of The Story

by Larry Janezich

This post marks the beginning of a new regular feature on Capitol Hill Corner which will present a single piece of art by a Capitol Hill  artist along with the artist’s explanation of how the piece tells the story of her or his current body of work. 

Today’s post features the glass work of Elizabeth Eby, an artist and professional gardener who works on Capitol Hill.  The piece is titled:  “The Party, Before You Came and After You Left.” 


I have been making gardens and art for most of my life. All children should be so lucky.

I spent my first allowance on bean and lettuce seeds.  I made up stories about the fairies that lived underground and made seeds grow.  My mother was a painter and she encouraged me to use art to tell these stories.

Good gardens and good glass bowls are designed to be seen from multiple points of view, the bird’s eye view is just as important as the front and the back, or top and bottom of a bowl. Gardens should look good in all seasons; bowls should look good clean or dirty.

I have two lines of glass, food-safe tableware that I call B&B which can be seen at The Forecast on 7th Street, SE, and art glass, now at Newman Gallery and Custom Frames on 11th Street, SE.   I have been working in the garden at 623 East Capitol for the past few years—it’s a great garden.  

The photos show the relationship between the two designs.  It’s a free standing piece called “The Party, Before you Came and After You Left”.  Which is front and which is back is up to the viewer.

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