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The rustic but iconic storefront was all boarded up last night with a sign posted from owner Lisa Nardelli (pictured) encouraging volunteers to help pick up the pieces in the aftermath of Wednesday’s kitchen fire at the Tune Inn on Capitol Hill. The Hill is Home has a rundown of all the media coverage of yesterday’s blaze. Even the New York Times devoted a few graphs.

The Huffington Post’s Howard Fineman opines on how the landmark hole-in-the-wall mirrors America and mentions his personal connection to the place as the opening scene for his own love story. In short: he got her number and they’ve been married now for 27 years. This got me thinking about my own vivid memories of the Tune, particularly walking in on Halloween night in 2004 dressed in sandals, robe, wig and crown of thorns.

“Jesus!” the bartender announced. The rest is a bit fuzzy but I’m pretty sure drinks were on the house for the rest of the night. Thankfully, divine intervention may not be necessary for the place to reopen. One early report suggests the Tune could be back in business within a month.

Photos by Chris Shott