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The chrome beauty was trucked down to Northeast and is now open as the Capital City Diner. Chow down!

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This fabulous Frigidaire is but one piece of nostalgia at work in the new Capital City Diner. Matt Ashburn and Patrick Carl bought the diner on eBay and had it brought down to D.C.
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Grab a spot at the counter to see the chef in action... if you can GET a spot. The place has been packed since its soft opening Friday.
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Charlie was on duty for 20 hours straight during opening weekend... and his pancakes are STILL fab -- though we hear the bacon cheeseburgers are even better.
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Hey, folks, remember rotary phones? This one came from one of the owners' houses.
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During opening weekend, the order tickets were two deep.
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There can never be too much chrome.
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If it ain't vintage here, at least it's retro.
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The diner opened its doors Friday, Feb. 19 -- and it was packed all weekend.
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The booths are cozy and comfy -- go with a crowd if you don't mind bumping elbows.
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Flavored sodas run the gamut from the desserty (Stewart's orange and cream) to Mexican Coca-Cola.
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The snow on the ground made the place seem extra-cozy.
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We'll have to come by at night to check out the lighting set-up.
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The staff was in great spirits, excited at the success of the opening and the fact that after only five days, they already seem to have regulars.
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Thought we'd just put the scene through a retro filter for the full effect, folks. This place is a happy little time warp.
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The "soft" launch was Friday, Feb. 19 -- if you can call 500 people soft, says one of the owners. The publicized open date was Tuesday, Feb. 23.
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When we walked in, the place smelled of pancakes and waffles. We approved.
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Newspapers were tucked into the booths along with placements printed with historical images.
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Servers say the diner will breathe new life into this stretch of Bladensburg Road N.E.
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Avocado-colored milkshake machine? Present.
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Yes, the Coca-Cola comes in bottles here.
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Pull up a stool. But not literally, since they're bolted to the ground.
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What's not to love? The place even plays period music.
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The place already has regulars after just a few days... and we can see why.
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The diner was trucked down to D.C. over the summer.
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Don't let the signage fool you.
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We actually never wanted to leave.
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