The Blind Dog Cafe at Darnell’s (Coffee House) Pops Up at 944 Florida Ave, NW

944 Florida Ave, NW, (at W Street by 9:30 Club) home to Darnell’s Bar in the evenings, is getting a pop up coffee house called The Blind Dog Cafe. They have soft opened this week but officially open Feb. 12th at 2pm.

Co-Owner Noah Karesh (other partners are Jonas Singer and Cullen Gilchrist) tells me:

The Blind Dog is a pop-up cafe located in the heart of Washington DC. We love espresso, good conversations, and building a community. We will be serving great coffee, delicious sandwiches and salads, and an assortment of other homemade goodies.

Our standard hours are from 7AM-4PM 7 days a week. In the evening the place turns back to Darnell’s Bar

In general our menu is focused on simple ingredients prepared in a delicious and authentic manner. Most of our food is either local and or home made. Some highlight from the food side are the fresh baked Croissant and other assorted backed goods which come from Black Strap Bakery (@BlackStrapCo) (a local startup bakery, who bake out of our kitchen). We are making our own roast beef and turkey for the sandwiches as well as all of our finishing salts, aiolis , pickles, granola. The list can go on. On the drink side beside one of a small few places in DC serving PTs Coffee, we are doing a pour over bar ( i think the only one in DC). We are serving the amazing Rishi teas and finally we are making our own home-sodas (flavors include Vanilla, Lemon, Lime, Blood Orange, Passion Fruit).

Check out the menu after the jump.

Herb Frittata on a house baked Croissant/Bagel with Bacon, Mushrooms, Baby Swiss/Goat
Croissant/Bagel with Organic Farm Fresh Butter, Peppercorn Salt
Toasted Baguette with Organic Farm Fresh Butter, House Jam
Granola with Walnuts in Honey, Banana, and Yogurt
Assorted Baked Goods

Sandwiches –
Roast Turkey Breast with Raw Milk Baby Swiss, Sriracha Aioli, Heirloom Tomatoes, Greens, Peppercorn Salt
Roasted Chourico Sausage with Roasted Peppers, Garlic Aioli, greens, Peppercorn Salt
Home-Made Roast Beef with Heirloom Tomatoes, Walnut Pesto Aioli, Shaved Parmigiano Reggiano, Peppercorn Salt
Tuna Salad with Capers, Sliced Hard Boiled Egg, Pickled Shallots, Citrus Salt
Baby Mozzarella with Heirloom Tomatoes, Walnut Pesto Aioli, Shaved Parmigiano Reggiano, Fresh Basil, Basil Salt

Entrée Salads
Roasted Beets with Toasted Walnuts, Goat Cheese, Pickled Shallots, Balsamic Vinaigrette, Citrus Salt, Greens
Chickpeas with Kalamata Olives, Basil, Heirloom Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Balsamic Vinaigrette, Pimenton Salt, Greens
Quinoa with Cucumbers, Heirloom Tomatos, Preserved Lemon, Basil, pickled shallots, Lemon Vinaigrette, Paprika Salt

Tuna Salad with Capers, Picked Shallots, Heirloom Tomatoes, Citrus Salt, Greens
Baby Mozzarella with Heirloom Tomatoes, Shaved Parmigiano Reggiano, Fresh Basil, Basil Salt, Olive Oil, Balsamic Vinegar

House Pickles
Toasted Baguette

36 Comment

  • SouthwestDC

    Darnell’s has a great vibe– it feels like you’re in someone’s living room– so this should be nice. I just hope the prices are more reasonable!

  • Great idea — this will be a welcome addition to the neighborhood!

  • Is a laptop required to enter?

  • What does it mean to be a “pop up” business.

  • Not crazy about the name. Blind dogs are often cautiously aggressive.

  • Neat! Love the space; menu sounds great.

    FWIW, Filter Coffeehouse at 20th and S does pour-over coffee.

  • Awesome – can’t wait to try this!

  • where do all of these places get their gently used couches and furniture?

    • you lost me at ‘gently used…’ *shudders.

      dibs on the one wooden chair that doesn’t harbor billions of mites and other germs.

  • This is the site of a failed coffeehouse that has sat vacant for some time. Let’s hope this one does better.

  • I’ve already been and this place is seriously awesome. Most coffee shops use counter culture so give them a break… so great to have a coffee shop in the hood. Laptop or not.

  • This is exactly the kind of space the city needs more of — comfortable and informal. I hate that every bar (or coffee shop) wants to be a sit down, hard surfaced restaurant. But I guess that’s more ideal for serving $16 burgers and $18 small plates.

    Can you get a beer when it’s serving as the coffee shop?

  • Love, love, love Darnell’s so I know the coffee bar is a great edition.

  • This is a great idea! Congratulations, I can not wait to visit during the day.

  • I’m just confused by the “pop-up” label, usually applied to a temporary location for a business. Are they “pop-up” in that the space reverts to the licensed owner at night? Is it just a label or does it mean they sit outside of certain regulatory requirements?

    It looks like a really nice place to chill but wonder if it is going to be around in another month or so…?

  • They are “making [their] own roast beef and turkey…”
    How? I’d like to see that.

    I had no idea something had reopened in that space. Good for them and Darnell’s.

  • let’s just invent the term “pop-in” business for this model

  • It’s been a long-term dream to have a coffee house next door so I’m quite excited. (Already a Darnell’s fan during the night time hours)

  • Stay tuned for the next installment of props to the cops for catching a serial laptop thief, and/or a forum post about how someone’s laptop was stolen while all they were doing was having great conversation with a friend in a community atmosphere…

  • Great… another coffee shop that closes at 4 pm (a la U Street Cafe). Can we get one in the areas that isn’t horribly overcrowded (caribou) or kind of gross (Cafe Collage) that can stay open into the evening? Please…

    • It’s open after 4pm – it just turns into a bar. So you have to get a real drink while leaching Wi-fi.

      • The point is… I don’t need to leech Wi-Fi (I have it at home… unlike, apparently, you). I want to go somewhere to read… and have a cup of coffee while I am at it. God forbid.

  • Will be so great to have a brunch and quality coffee option in this neighborhood.

  • Smart move by Darnell’s–such a cozy spot. I will definitely be stopping by if there’s wi-fi.

  • FYI, those menus were created by Torie Partridge of Cherry Blossom Muralworks, the same Petworth artist who did the window screens for Annie’s Ace Hardware.

  • Am I the only person who lives in the U Street Area to have a problem with the fact that there are no, literally no, coffee shops that are open in the evening which are not dirty (cafe collage) or predictably crowded (caribou)?

    Perhaps this is why there are no coffee shops… nobody cares. fair enough, if so. But really, am I the only one who wants a place that is not a bar so that I can read and chat and what not?

  • Just went there for coffee. Very good atmosphere, and they’re definitely working hard on their customer retention :).

  • Had a great Saturday morning just now with friends here. Latte was delicious and the house made granola with yoghurt was very tasty.

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