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.
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 Indeed.com 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.
From Cody Telep. Follow him on Twitter @codywt, email him at cody[AT]borderstan.com.
DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier has shut down Indulj Restaurant and Lounge following a triple shooting outside the establishment early Monday morning (3 Men Hit in 12:30 AM Shooting, 1200 Block of U Street NW).
Three men were shot near the entrance to Indulj at 1208 U Street NW just before 12:30 am. The shooting occurred after a dispute inside the restaurant and lounge, according to police. One man was shot in the back, one in the leg, and one in the shoulder. The injuries are not believed to be life threatening, and all three men were conscious and breathing at the scene. Police said a white Ford or Chevy was seen leaving the scene, but it is not clear if the shooting was a drive-by.
Indulj was hosting musical group L.O.U.D. (Living Our United Dream) Sunday evening from 8 pm to 1 am, according to Facebook.
Indulj released a statement on Facebook Monday night and noted that the “management team remains committed to providing a secure venue for the mature and upscale events that our patrons have come to expect and enjoy. We are cooperating with authorities in their investigation.”
Lanier has the authority to temporarily close establishments serving alcohol for up to 96 hours under the Emergency Suspension of Liquor Licenses Act of 2005. Such closures can occur when “The Chief of Police finds that continued operation of this establishment would present an imminent danger to the health, safety, and welfare of the public; that there is an additional imminent danger to the health and welfare of the public by not closing this establishment; and that there is no immediately available measure to ameliorate these findings.”
The closing went into effect at 6pm Monday, although Indulj is already closed on Mondays. The date for Indulj’s hearing before the city’s Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board has not been announced, although the Board has a regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday. The Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) is currently conducting its own investigation and can decide whether the business will remain closed beyond Friday.
Lanier has previously used her authority under the Emergency Suspension of Liquor Licenses Act of 2005 to close Heritage India, Mood Lounge and Tabaq Bistro after violent incidents. All three establishments later reopened after hearings before the ABC Board.
In a listserv message, Councilmember Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) called for additional police patrols for U Street NW. He asked U Street business owners to join together and participate in the Reimbursable Detail Officer (RDO) program, which allows bar and restaurant owners to split the cost of hiring extra off-duty police officers with ABRA. Business owners on the 1900 block of 9th Street NW currently participate in the program and fund two extra officers on the block Friday and Saturday nights from midnight until 4 am (New Police Patrols Coming to 1900 Block of 9th Street NW).