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.
Employees 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.”
(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…)
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:
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
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 Coffee Bar (@thecoffeebardc) October 28, 2015
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.
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.
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.
Lucky residents in Shaw, Dupont Circle and elsewhere will be able to drink nitro coffee for free next week thanks to local food delivery startup Galley.
The delivery service will give away thousands of 12-ounce bottles of Compass Coffee‘s nitro cold brew to residents in Chinatown, Penn Quarter, Shaw, Mount Vernon, NoMa, Dupont Circle, Foggy Bottom and Georgetown on Tuesday starting at 1 p.m.
To enter to win a free bottle, participants must request a free coffee delivery through Galley’s iPhone app. The more requests received from a specific address, the more likely it is that participants will win free coffee.
Galley will also sell Compass nitro coffee as an add-on to any lunch order.
Image via Facebook.com/CompassCoffeeDC
A Starbucks at the intersection of 18th and N Streets NW is currently closed due to a broken air conditioning unit, said employees at the store shortly before noon today.
“We apologize but we are currently closed,” reads a sign in the store’s window. The front and side doors of the Starbucks are currently locked.
The employees did not say when they expect the location to reopen.
A Logan Circle bike shop will make sure local cyclists are caffeinated tomorrow morning.
Bike Rack DC, located at 1412 Q Street NW, will hand out free hot and iced coffee at the corner of 14th and Q from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Though pedestrians are free to stop by and chat, only cyclists can get a free cup of coffee, said a Bike Rack employee by phone today.
Photo via Facebook.com/BikeRackDC
The Royal, a much-anticipated cafe in LeDroit Park, is now open for business.
From this morning until 1 p.m., patrons can visit the eatery, located at 501 Florida Avenue NW, for “limited coffee service,” which includes light food and free samples of its cold brew coffee.
Additionally, the cafe’s bar will open at 5 p.m. today.
As reported in the Washington Post, The Royal will serve Colombian fare such as arepas, empanadas, blood sausage and plantains in addition to South American wines and shaved ice cocktails from the bar.
Photo via Twitter.com/TheRoyalDC
The Wydown Coffee Bar is Chad and Alex McCracken’s first venture. For now it is a pop-up at 1320 U Street NW until their space at the Louis on 14th and U Street is ready. The McCracken brothers decided to go this route as a way of creating brand recognition, building a customer base and becoming a part of the neighborhood; they already live in the neighborhood but now they are getting to know their customers.
The Wydown pop-up opened this past weekend. The name comes from St. Louis, their hometown.
For now they are serving Kaldi’s Coffee, PT’s and Intelligentsia. Offering tea and pastries from Pattiserie Poupon. Once moved to their new space their offerings will grow and they hope they can start roasting their own coffee as well.
The Wydown Coffee Bar is open Monday to Saturday from 7 am to 2 pm and weekends from 8 am to 2 pm.
From Mathew Harkins. Email him at mharkins[AT]borderstan.com.
The DC Coffee Bike Crawl is back. This Sunday, May 5, join this leisurely ride through the city for their third event here in DC. The route will include stops at five different cafes along the way and is completely free to join.
The meeting place, and first café of the morning, will be Qualia Coffee at 9:30 am. The Crawl will leave Qualia at 10 am. and head to Pleasant Pops Farmhouse Market and Café. From there, the ride will continue on to Baked and Wired, The Coffee Bar, and will end at Big Bear Café.
Not only are these some of the best cafes in the city, but each one of them is locally owned. So you can enjoy great coffee, experience a great bike ride through the city, and support your community all at once.
The exact route is coming soon. In the meantime, links and addresses for each café are:
- Qualia Coffee: Petworth, 3917 Georgia Avenue NW
- Pleasant Pops Farmhouse Market and Café: U Street 1781 Florida Avenue NW
- Baked and Wired: Georgetown 1052 Thomas Jefferson Avenue, NW
- The Coffee Bar: Logan Circle, 1201 S Street NW
- Big Bear Café: Bloomingdale, 1700 First Street NW
For anyone traveling to the start point by Metro, the nearest station is Georgia Avenue/Petworth. For more information or to RSVP (though not required), check out DC Coffee Bike Crawl’s Facebook page.
The Bike Rack (1412 Q Street NW) is offering free coffee for bicycle commuters Wednesday morning, April 17, from 7:30 to 9:30 am.
Stop by say hello to Chuck and enjoy your day.
Staff from the local bicycle shop will be at the corner of 14th and Q NW handing out free cups of Peregrine joe as commuters make their way into work.