by Tim Regan November 2, 2016 at 11:00 am 0

Juice Joint downtown

A local eatery known for its vegetarian and vegan fare is no longer serving customers, at least for now.

Juice Joint Cafe (1025 Vermont Ave. NW) wasn’t open when a Borderstan reporter visited during normal business hours yesterday afternoon. Rumors of the eatery’s closure first appeared on local blog PoPville yesterday morning.

Whether the cafe is temporarily or permanently closed is unclear. The eatery’s phone line was recently disconnected and online requests for comment have gone unanswered.

Despite the uncertainty, an employee at next-door restaurant Bozzelli’s said they were sure Juice Joint closed for good some time during the day last Tuesday.

We’ll update this story if we hear back from the cafe’s owners.

by Tim Regan August 16, 2016 at 10:30 am 0

Photo via Facebook : Heat Da Spot CafeIt may soon be possible to have something a little stronger than coffee at a cafe in Park View.

Heat Da Spot Cafe (3213 Georgia Ave. NW) has applied to add alcohol to the menu, according to a recent filing with D.C.’s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA).

The cafe seeks to serve beer and wine alongside its menu of sub sandwiches, personal pizzas and all-day breakfast, according to Heat Da Spot representative DuBois Cox.

Heat Da Spot also hopes to serve alcohol to patrons in its outdoor seating area, he said.

D.C. alcohol regulators are expected to make a decision regarding the application in the coming months.

Photo via Facebook / Heat Da Spot Cafe

by Tim Regan October 22, 2015 at 12:45 pm 0

Glen's at The Shay, photo via’s Garden Market has moved a step closer to opening its new location in Shaw.

The Dupont-based business has applied for a liquor license application for its forthcoming location at The Shay (1924 8th St., NW). According to the application, the new Glen’s aims to serve local beer and wine in a “communal eating space.”

Glen’s owner Danielle Vogel said at an ANC 1B meeting three weeks ago that she hopes to open the new location some time next month.

In May, Vogel told the Washington City Paper that employees at the forthcoming Glen’s would sling $4 beers and freshly prepared salads, sandwiches and entrees alongside locally sourced groceries.

“It’s going to feel more like a bodega,” Vogel told the Washington City Paper. “You’re going to be completely enrobed by the bounty of the region.”

The new Glen’s will also include a large beer garden and sidewalk cafe with seating for 51 people.

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by Tim Regan September 21, 2015 at 1:30 pm 1 Comment

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.

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.

by Tim Regan September 3, 2015 at 1:50 pm 3 Comments

Amsterdam Cafe and Lounge

A new lounge is taking shape on U Street.

Signage for a new business called Amsterdam Lounge was recently installed on and above the windows of the former Indulj space at 1208 U Street NW.

Though little information could be gleaned from the storefront — and the business does not appear to have applied for a liquor license — a Craigslist hiring ad from last month appears to reveal some details. According to the ad, the lounge seeks to hire someone to manage a restaurant and bar that will serve food, drinks and cocktails. Another job posting on indicates the new eatery may also serve coffee and espresso.

The forthcoming Amsterdam Lounge was contacted via e-mail this morning but has not yet responded.

by Jared Holt July 7, 2015 at 3:30 pm 0

Shaw residents now have one more place to get Ethiopian food.

Piassa EthioCuisine & Cafe opened at 1336 9th Street NW last Friday.

The cafe sells traditional Ethiopian dishes, espresso drinks, salads and desserts. The eatery also has an outdoor patio space.

The cafe replaced Caribbean Citations, which relocated to 1208 Maple View Place SE in May.

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Steam Cafe is on the northwest corner of 17th and R Streets NW. Best croissants EVER. Get there early in the morning. Plain, chocolate and maple-pecan. (Photo by Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

Steam Cafe at northwest corner of 17th and R Streets NW. (Photo by Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

As readers probably know, I don’t do restaurant reviews–news about food and restuarants, yes, but not restaurant reviews. I will say this, though, about Steam Cafe at the northwest corner of 17th and R Streets NW: best croissants I can find in D.C.

They make the croissants themselves in the morning in three varieties: plain, chocolate and a pecan/maple syrup gooey one. Sometimes the croissants go fast, so they may not have any left if you go later in the morning.


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