‘European-Style’ Cafe Emissary to Open Soon in Dupont

by Tim Regan August 11, 2016 at 3:50 pm 0

(Updated at 7:07 p.m.) A cafe and bar centered on good service, fresh drinks and simple food is set to open blocks away from Dupont Circle very soon.

The new cafe and bar, Emissary, will open at 2032 P St. NW as soon as it passes its final inspections, according to co-owners Maryl Baldridge and Eli Hengst.

When Emissary opens its doors, its employees will sling food and drinks in a “European-style” setting.

But what is a European-style setting? Emissary’s “coffee guru,” Reggie Elliott, said the shop will model itself on a Swedish concept called “fika,” or the practice of sitting down for coffee with friends.

“It’s a social interaction,” Elliott said. “We’re such a to-go culture here. There, you go to the coffee shop, sit down, have your espresso, then you go back to your day. That’s kind of our goal.”

The cafe will sell Counter Culture Coffee and espresso and a small food menu comprised of vegetable dishes, cheese plates and other snacks. Emissary will also serve bread and croissants from Fresh Baguette — a French bakery in Bethesda, Md. — and a staple in European cafes: a small piece of chocolate alongside your espresso.

“[Our specialty is] not anything on tap. It’s not nitro coffee,” he said. “It’s literally just hospitality. That’s our number one product.”

But it’s not just coffee. Emissary’s bar director, Jamie Imhof, plans to serve a smattering of local beers, one-of-a-kind wines and cocktails made with ingredients sourced from the Carolinas to New York.

Of course, Emissary’s bartenders will mix coffee cocktails, she said. But they’ll also sling drinks made with eclectic ingredients like white rum, dill and fennel liqueur and the essence of dried garlic.

The goal, Imhof explained, is to give patrons a taste of the “fun and exciting” things that only people who work in the culinary industry regularly have access to.

“What I do for a living, our guests now get to try at the bar for a reasonable price in the neighborhood,” Imhof said.

Locals looking to get a sneak peak of Emissary can visit Jack Rose Dining Saloon (2007 18th St. NW) this Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m. for a special preview event.


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