A new cafe is now open on U Street.
Amsterdam Cafe and Lounge opened for business last week in the former Indulj space at 1208 U Street NW.
Co-owner Belay Abere told Borderstan last week that he wants the eatery to be more low-key than the once-notorious Indulj was.
“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.”
The cafe’s menu includes chicken wings, burgers and sandwiches — all $10 — and a long list of hot and cold drinks and smoothies. The bar will also serve cocktails, beer and wine when it receives its liquor license, said Abere.
Additionally, Abere said he will turn the building’s second floor into a lounge area and open a rooftop deck when the bar receives its liquor license.
Imagine an evening of eating and drinking at some of the city’s best restaurants. Now, imagine doing it all in one place.
Washington City Paper’s Best Of DC 2013 fete is this Wednesday, April 10 — and the evening features just that: the best DC has to offer. The evening will feature tastings from 50 Best of DC winners and finalists. Plus, there will be five stages for live entertainment.
Sample of What to Expect
We don’t have room to list all of the artisans/mixologists/restaurants, but here’s just a sample of who will be there (as you can see, there are several places from the neighborhood):
- Cashion’s Eat Place
- Ted’s Bulletin
- Jack Rose
- Buffalo & Bergan
- Dolcezza Artisanal Gelato
- Shake Shack
- Hank’s Oyster Bar
- Café Saint-Ex
- Masa 14
- Bar Pilar
- Virtue Feed & Grain
- Pearl Dive Oyster Palace
- El Centro D.F.
- DC Brau Brewery
- Chocolate City Brewery
- Port City Brewery
- 3 Stars Brewery
- Ruddy Duck Brewery
Before starting, I figured that since we are such a small mini-hood, an autonomous region of the Dupont Circle and Logan Circle neighborhoods, that I would have to include neighboring and nearby winners. After all, our commercial strips are the north side of the 1400-block of P Street NW and the west side of 14th Street NW from P to S Streets.
I was wrong. Businesses in our little enclave between 14th and 16th and P and S Streets NW did incredibly well in the City Paper competition: 10 businesses, one community-based organization, one locale and one individual (a bartender) made the list of favorites from the Readers’ Poll and City Paper Staff Picks. Several businesses were winners in more than one category.