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by Tim Regan — July 6, 2016 at 3:00 pm 0

Out with the old, in with the new, says Saxbys Coffee.

A new group of owners plan to open a larger outpost for the Philly-based coffee company at 1303 Connecticut Ave. NW, just two doors from the Saxbys at 1309 19th St. NW, which closed for good last Thursday.

“I think it’s going to be beautiful looking new space,” said Jim Hilson, co-owner and general manager of the new Saxbys. Hilson and two other business partners — who also own Saxbys shops in Georgetown and downtown — purchased the Dupont franchise from its former owner earlier this year.

The shop could open with a few new menu items by the end of this month, said Hilson. “We will have a couple new offerings including nitro cold brew coffee,” he added. “That’s an exciting addition.”

When it does open, he said patrons should expect the cafe to double as a “community gathering space.”

“[We try] to do our part to be a good neighbor,” Hilson said. “That’s something that could be a real opportunity to integrate the new cafe with the neighborhood.”

Rendering courtesy of Saxbys Coffee

by Tim Regan — May 25, 2016 at 10:25 am 0

A national coffee chain is slated to invade the 14th Street corridor by Memorial Day.

Peet’s Coffee and Tea is set to open its doors at 1829 14th St. NW on Monday, according to a sign on the door of the forthcoming business.

“We will be opening on Monday,” the sign reads. “Please stop back in for Peet’s love and coffee!”

Employees at two other Peet’s locations in D.C. confirmed the opening date.

When it opens, the new Peet’s will be located on the same block as Black Cat, Ted’s Bulletin, Bar Pilar and Source. The new coffee shop will also compete for customers against the nearby Wydown, Peregrine Espresso, Slipstream and Dolcezza coffee shops.

by Tim Regan — May 23, 2016 at 10:45 am 0

Future home of Emissary at 2032 P St. NW

(Updated at 11:17 a.m.) A “European-style cafe and bar” is set to open blocks away from Dupont Circle.

The new business, Emissary, will open in the space below Dupont Circle Yoga (2032 P St. NW) “early July,” according to owner Elias Hengst, who also co-owns Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar and ‎Dupont Circle Yoga.

The cafe and bar will be a “European cafe meets West Coast coffee house,” Hengst said.

“Someone can have a beer, someone can have a glass of wine, you can have an espresso,” he added. “You can all share a little bit of good food. It’s a very unrushed, laid back vibe.”

The shop’s menu will include food and drinks from Counter Culture Coffee and Trickling Springs Creamery, Hengst said.

The company is currently hiring baristas, according to a job listing on DMV Coffee:

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by Tim Regan — May 10, 2016 at 1:15 pm 0

Starbucks Evenings location in Adams Morgan

Starbucks seeks to serve alcoholic beverages at yet another one of its locations in D.C.

The company applied for a liquor license to serve beer and wine at its location at 1600 K St. NW, according to paperwork filed with the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration this week. The coffee chain also currently has pending applications to serve alcohol at several other locations across the city.

Starbucks last month rolled out its “Starbucks Evenings” service with alcohol and small plated snacks at five District locations, including on Capitol Hill and in Adams Morgan and Shaw.

But not everyone is sold on the idea of drinking something harder than coffee at Starbucks. According to Washington City Paper‘s Jessica Sidman, the whole experience is well, kind of depressing.

 

by Tim Regan — April 20, 2016 at 1:30 pm 0

801 18th St NW Starbucks

Starbucks hopes to serve beer and wine at four more locations just one week after it began serving booze at five of its D.C.-area coffeeshops.

The company has applied for a liquor license to serve beer at its location at 801 18th St. NW and three other shops, according to paperwork filed with the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration this week.

If the applications are approved, the following locations would be able to serve alcohol:

  • 801 18th St. NW
  • 625 H St. NE
  • 1401 New York Ave. NW
  • 550 C St. SW

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by Tim Regan — April 15, 2016 at 10:30 am 1 Comment

(Updated at 12:32 p.m.) Philly-based coffee company Saxbys Coffee is eyeing a larger space in Dupont Circle.

City officials yesterday issued a construction permit for a new Saxbys at 1303 Connecticut Ave. NW, which is the same building that currently houses the Saxbys at 1309 19th St. NW. That permit reads:

Renovation and demolition/interior fit-out for Saxbys, work to include select construction of new partitions, ceilings, finishes, mechanical, electrical and plumbing as indicated on drawings, with a max capacity load of 44 on partial of the first floor. Three loose tables with three loose chair and banquet seating, plus seven seats at counter-top.

A representative for Boston Properties, the company that owns the building at 1330 Connecticut Ave. NW, confirmed the coffee company will move “two doors down” from its current space.

A representative for Saxbys declined to comment on the opening.

by Tim Regan — April 8, 2016 at 3:15 pm 0

A new Cuban-themed coffee and cocktail hangout is apparently in the works near 14th Street NW.

The cafe and bar is called Colada Shop and is set to open at 1405 T St. NW “early summer 2016,” according to its website. The forthcoming business is described as “a social spot serving coffee, food, cocktails and conversation.”

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by Tim Regan — February 5, 2016 at 8:45 am 0

Employees of the new Pret A Manger at 18th and M streets NW doled out free croissants to voucher-holding patrons to celebrate the store’s first day in business today.

Signs advertising the coffee shop were first spotted in October. The business resides in the former Caribou Coffee space.

Pret A Manger currently has nine shops in D.C., including downtown and Capitol Hill. Most of them are within a few blocks of another Pret A Manger.

by Tim Regan — January 22, 2016 at 11:45 am 0

Wydown Window, photo via Facebook / TheWydownEmployees at The Wydown (1924 14th St. NW) have something new on the menu: health insurance.

The coffee shop on Jan. 1 rolled out an insurance plan for employees who work 30 hours per week and have worked there at least two months. In the world of single-location coffee shops, offering insurance is somewhat of an oddity, said sibling co-owners Alex and Chad McCracken.

“I think it is somewhat rare for a coffee bar to offer insurance,” Alex said. “We’re lucky enough to have a good location and we’re pretty busy, so it works.”

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by Tim Regan — January 13, 2016 at 2:45 pm 0

1829 14th Street NW

(Updated on Friday, Jan. 15) National coffee chain Peet’s could open a location on 14th Street NW as early as this summer.

Peet’s Coffee and Tea is set to move in to 1829 14th St. NW, said Trish Davis, the company’s regional manager for the Mid-Atlantic.

“We are very excited to join this bustling neighborhood and anticipate opening mid summer, all going well,” Davis said in an e-mail to Borderstan. “Construction always brings some surprises, but hopefully nothing that will cause a delay.” (more…)

by Andrew Ramonas — December 22, 2015 at 1:45 pm 0

Peets Coffee (Photo via Instagram/peetscoffee)

Christmas is coming early to two coffee shops downtown.

The Peet’s Coffee & Tea locations at 1156 15th and 1101 17th streets NW are set to pour complimentary java Thursday. But the shops are encouraging customers who get the free coffee to make a donation to Bread for the City, which helps District residents living in poverty.

From a sign posted at Peet’s 15th Street location, according to local blog PoPville:

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by Tim Regan — December 2, 2015 at 2:45 pm 0

Wydown Window, photo via Facebook / TheWydownCustomers who frequent The Wydown (1924 14th St. NW) may soon be able to get a different kind of buzz there.

According to a new filing with D.C.’s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA), the coffee bar’s owners have applied for a restaurant liquor license. If the license is approved, co-owner Alex McCracken said he’d like to assemble a small drink menu.

“One or two reds, one or two whites, a couple beers. … probably one or two house cocktails and maybe a punch,” McCracken said. “It’s not going to be a full bar. We don’t have room for that.”

McCracken added that the goal isn’t to compete with other 14th Street bars. Instead, he said he’d like to make the coffee shop a quiet place where customers can chat while enjoying a beer or a glass of wine.

“Most of the places on 14th are great and fun but they’re not really sit-with-a-friend-and-chat [places],” he said. “It gets a little crazy.”

Though The Wydown currently closes at 9 p.m., McCracken said he’d like to start closing at 11 p.m. on weekdays and midnight on the weekends.

The coffee bar will likely not begin serving alcohol until at least next spring, McCracken said.

Photo via Facebook / TheWydown

by Tim Regan — October 28, 2015 at 9:15 am 0

Dupont Circle residents can now get their Coffee Bar fix a little closer to home.

The coffee shop opened its second location on the corner of 17th and M Streets NW earlier this morning.

The store, said Coffee Bar assistant manager Jeremy Jensen last month, is catered toward commuters and people who want to take their coffee to-go. But the new shop does have a small seating area that faces the street for optimal people watching.

by Sean Meehan — October 14, 2015 at 1:15 pm 0

Starbucks on Connecticut AveThe number of D.C. Starbucks seeking to sell alcohol is growing.

Starbucks has submitted liquor license applications to serve beer and wine at five additional D.C. locations this week, including locations in Shaw and Adams Morgan.

This week’s applications brings the total number of District Starbucks looking to serve alcohol to 10. Last week, the company applied to serve beer and wine at locations in Dupont Circle, Georgetown, Chevy Chase and downtown.

The locations that were added to the list of applicants this week are:

  • 815 O St. NW (Shaw)
  • 3416 Wisconsin Ave. NW (Cleveland Park)
  • 1000 H St. NW (downtown)
  • 237 Pennsylvania Ave. SE (Capitol Hill)
  • 1801 Columbia Rd. NW (Adams Morgan)

A Starbucks spokesperson told us via e-mail last week that the push for alcoholic drinks is part of the company’s new “Starbucks Evening” service, which also includes a small plate menu.

Though the spokesperson did not say what might be on tap, a sample menu shows the coffee chain may serve red, white and sparkling wines by the bottle and glass and “craft beer.” Menus vary by region, meaning it’s possible the stores could serve local beer and wine

Small plate possibilities include truffle mac and cheese, bacon-wrapped dates, chicken skewers and truffle popcorn.

by Tim Regan — October 6, 2015 at 10:10 am 0

Starbucks on Connecticut AveIt may soon be possible to order something more potent than coffee at five D.C. Starbucks locations.

A recent public hearing notice for new liquor license applications shows that Starbucks seeks to serve beer and wine at five locations in Dupont Circle, Georgetown, Chevy Chase and downtown. The company also applied for liquor licenses in Arlington and Reston.

If the applications are approved, the following locations would serve alcohol:

  • 443 7th St. NW
  • 1700 Connecticut Ave. NW
  • 5500 Connecticut Ave. NW
  • 1810 Wisconsin Ave. NW
  • 1301 Connecticut Ave. NW

A Starbucks spokesperson said via e-mail that the push for alcoholic drinks is part of the company’s new “Starbucks Evenings” service, which also includes a small plate menu.

Though the spokesperson did not say what might be on tap, a sample menu shows the coffee chain may serve red, white and sparkling wines by the bottle and glass and “craft beer.” Menus vary by region, meaning it’s possible the stores could serve local beer and wine. Small plate possibilities include truffle mac and cheese, bacon-wrapped dates, chicken skewers and truffle popcorn.

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