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An institution, about to change. (Lydia DePillis)

George Butler, who’s owned his men’s clothing store on 10th and H Street NE since right after the 1968 riots, is about ready to sell his place and move on with life. But only when the price is right. Yesterday, a credible source told me that Butler was about to close on a deal with the owners of Ben’s Chili Bowl—-who’ve been looking around for a while now—-but when I stopped in this morning, that appeared not to be the case.

“We cut everything off,” Butler said. “I just decided to wait for a minute.” Kamal Ali, the would-be buyer, didn’t respond to an email yesterday.

Butler says a daycare center was also interested in the property, but that he had no idea what kind of business might move in at this point. “Whatever will being the most revenue, that’s what I’m looking for,” he said.

Amanda Abrams wrote a great piece last year about the effect of changing fashions and other factors on the street’s clothiers.