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The travails of Murky Coffee at Eastern Market got a lot of attention in the local press. City Desk was all over it, as were community publications and the Washington Post. All the ink generated a lot of interest in the space that Murky vacated after losing the location to a seizure by the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue.
“The biggest thing we’ve learned from this process is that from now on, we’re putting seizure signs on our properties whenever we want to rent them,” jokes Ken Golding of Stanton Development, the company that owns the building that housed Murky, which owed the city hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid sales taxes. Golding says that, since the seizure, potential renters have veritably stormed the storefront.
Though Stanton has yet to select just who the much sought after lease will go to, the group of candidates has been boiled down to four. Golding says that he wishes the company could pick all the contenders, because “they’re all great.” He also assures coffee-loving Capitol Hillites that each prospective tenant has plans to open an independent coffee shop. Here’s to hoping that they independently pay their sales taxes.—Rend Smith