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First Look: Amsterdam Cafe and Lounge Set to Open on U Street

by Jennifer Currier September 14, 2015 at 3:00 pm 3 Comments

Amsterdam Cafe and Lounge (1208 U Street NW) is nearly ready to open, says one of the owners.

The new business is set to open in the former Indulj space within the next two weeks or as soon as a liquor license transfer goes through, says co-owner Belay Abere.

A little background: Abere owned Duke’s City Lounge in the early 2000s before subleasing the space — and transferring the liquor license — to the former owners of Indulj.

“We’re concentrating more on the cafe than the bar,” Abere said. “We hope people are looking forward to a nice coffee shop where they can bring their laptops, sit down and be comfortable.”

Abere added that the cafe and lounge will be open from approximately 7 a.m. to 1 a.m.

In the morning, the cafe will sell coffee, teas and breakfast food. When the sun sets, Abere said the space will transform into a live jazz lounge that sells light food and drinks.

Comments (3)

  1. FunForU and TheRestOfUs Too

    Just keep the windows and doors closed when you’ve got loud music, please. Thanks in advance, the neighbors.

  2. The Cafe didn’t open until Oct. 16th one month after your comment. Are you sure you are referring to the same place?

  3. I remember when the place was Duke’s City, the jazz was very good, and we would actually open the windows to listen (you couldn’t hear them with your windows closed). The bass is a lot less deafening with jazz.

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