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.
From Jonathan Riethmaier @DistrictBean or email him at jonathan[AT]borderstan.com.
Kafe Bohem is off the beaten path. That is to say it’s both geographically situated outside DC’s busiest neighborhoods, and a clear departure from standard cafe fare. It’s different. Intriguing. And, dare I say it, a veritable Bohemian rhapsody. Kafe Bohem, the neighbor and sister property of Czech-inspired Bistro Bohem, opened in September 2012 in Shaw, and has since been infusing the DC cafe scene with culture and coffee.
Situated along Florida Avenue with a clear view of LeDroit Park, Kafe Bohem draws upon the cafes of Prague, and features true-to-form Viennese-style coffee, decadent sweet things and art Nouveau images from famed Czech painter Alphonse Mucha. Kafe Bohem owner Jarek Mika, who immigrated from then Czechoslovakia, hopes to have the same success in his cafe that he’s enjoyed in his restaurant. Bistro Bohem, which has been open nearly a year, attracts a loyal following of expatriates alongside neighborhood regulars who have developed a taste for schnitzel, pirogue and classic Czech dishes.
Kafe Bohem’s coffee program manager Lenora Yerkes was heavily involved in the cafe’s build out and conceptualization. She and Jarek set out to create a community-centric coffee spot, pulling from neighboring LeDroit Park and Shaw, but also inviting coffee-goers from across the District to relax, connect and enjoy themselves outside the home and office. The two have engineered a coffee program that compliments the Czech penchant for pastries and tarts.
Aside from coffee staples, like the cappuccino and latte, Kafe Bohem has introduced a line of Viennese coffee drinks that may be new to many, like the Großer Brauner (a.k.a, Big Brown), coffee with steamed milk; Einspanner, coffee with house-made whipped cream; Espresso con Panna, espresso topped with whipped cream; and the Mélange, a drink similar to a cappuccino, but with a large head of foam and dusted with cinnamon or cocoa. The cafe’s coffee comes from Julius Meinl, a Viennese roasting company based in Chicago.
Kafe Bohem occupies the former space of Trinidadian eatery Zee’s Restaurant. Since the closure of Zee’s, Jarek has expanded into the 1,100-square-foot space, which now shares a kitchen with his Bistro and acts as overflow seating during the evening. Similarly, customers of Kafe Bohem may be seated in the Bistro as needed during morning and lunch hours. Kafe Bohem closes at 5 p.m. each day, just as the Bistro opens for service.
Kafe Bohem at 600 Florida Ave, NW offers a taste of something different for DC’s coffee crowd. And to that, I say Na zdraví!
This article was originally posted on September 3, 2012, at District Bean.
From Tom Hay
Logan Circle coffee lovers will be happy to learn that Peregrine Espresso will be opening in the former Flowers on Fourteenth location at 1718 14th Street NW. Flowers on Fourteenth moved to larger digs a few doors down at 1712 14th Street, just a couple of months ago.
Peregrine Espresso has been operating a Capitol Hill location for about two years. Owner Ryan Jensen said he expects the 14th Street location to open sometime this winter. The storefront will have about a dozen seats and the menu will include espresso, filter drip, a few coffee micro brews, pastries and desserts.
One interesting service offered at the Capitol Hill location is the “Pedaler” service, which delivers whole bean coffee to your doorstep. Once the build out of the space is further along, Jensen will gauge interest in that service for Logan Circle. Jensen said, “the 14th St corridor has so many unique and excellent small businesses and we hope to contribute to that community.”
There seems to be a growing trend of independent coffee houses opening up in the Dupont and Logan circle neighborhoods. About a year ago MidCity Caffe opened above Miss Pixie’s at 1626 14th Street. Earlier this year Filter Coffeehouse opened at 1726 20th Street in Dupont Circle.
You’ve probably heard that Mid City Caffe is up and running at 1626 14th Street NW (upstairs above Miss Pixie’s). It’s worth mentioning again because our one time there was enjoyable. Moreover, Luis liked the coffee; no small compliment from a coffee-consuming South American. Read what Luis said at One Photograph A Day.