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Fighting Words: Madam’s Organ Slams Tryst
The Adams Morgan blues bar dubs the coffeehouse “worst neighbor 2013.” By Anna Spiegel
Madam’s Organ had strong words for its neighbor Tryst on Wednesday. Photograph by Flickr user Denis Bocquet.
Comments () | Published January 2, 2014

Madam’s Organ doled out a 2013 “award” Wednesday, and not one full of New Year’s cheer. The Adams Morgan blues bar dubbed nearby cafe Tryst the “worst neighbor 2013.” The following post appeared on the dive bar’s Facebook page [ed. note: the post appears exactly as written]:

“Tryst. Our shitty neighbor, every New Year’s Eve rents a large moving van and park it in front of Madam’s, completely blocking out front. This shit move just so they can temporarily store their furniture to squeeze more people in the door. For this I would like to award the owner, Cunstantine [sic] the 2013 Worst Neighbor Ever award.”

Fighting words! According to the restaurant, Tryst has closed on New Year’s Eve for a private event for several years, with proceeds from ticket sales benefiting Bread for the City. The coffeehouse received permission from the Metropolitan Police Department to park the U-Haul, which was used to remove large furniture to accommodate the party. Bread for the City, a nonprofit organization that provides food, clothing, and other services to “vulnerable residents” of DC, provided the following comment:

“Tryst has been kind enough to allow us to use their space for a private party that is a New Year’s Eve benefit for Bread for the City. Because of the generosity of Tryst and our guests, we’ve been able to give thousands to help DC’s most needy over the years. For those who would like to join our guests in donating, a link is available here: http://givingtuesday.razoo.com/story/Tryst-New-Years-2014.”

This isn’t the first time the Madam’s Organ team has voiced strong opinions to the public. Remember the “anatomically correct nude Daniel Snyder cake”? Because we sure do.

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  • ShopGirl77

    As a small business owner, I would be livid if a truck blocked my store front- especially on a busy day/ holiday. While Tryst sounds to have their heart in the right place packing it out for charity, it seems irresponsible and self serving to block the front of a neighboring business. That is not the right thing to do. They can have the charity event, clear out the furniture and be a good neighbor. It is what any responsible business owner should do.

  • Jessica Raven

    This comment is actually from one of the hosts of the party and not from the organization itself: "Tryst has been kind enough to allow us to use their
    space for a private party that is a New Year’s Eve benefit for Bread for
    the City. Because of the generosity of Tryst and our guests, we’ve been
    able to give thousands to help DC’s most needy over the years. For
    those who would like to join our guests in donating, a link is available
    here: http://givingtuesday.razoo.com...

  • lifelonglearner

    While it seems Madam's Organ doesn't deserve any respect, having read other news articles about them in the past, would it be possible for Tryst to move the U-Haul to a different location instead of parking it on the street in front of any business that relys on foot traffic and parking spaces?

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