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After 15 years on U Street NW, Creme Cafe closed yesterday. But fans of the American restaurant with a Southern twist, fret not. The restaurant already has a new location in the works at a building under construction at 2438 14th St. NW.

Owner Tegist Alayew says the building that houses Creme Cafe at 1322 U Street NW is being torn down to make way for a new apartment complex. With the lease ending next year, the restaurant is moving. “We don’t want to leave the neighborhood, so we were lucky when we found the space on 14th Street,” Alayew says.

The new Creme Cafe will be very similar to the original, possibly with some new menu items. The space is about 200 square-feet bigger, which will allow them to add an additional 20 or so seats. There will be outdoor seating, too.

Alayew expects the new restaurant to open early next spring.

Photo of the 1322 U Street NW location of Creme Cafe via Google Maps