Takorean coming to former U Street Cafe space next Spring

1301 U Street, NW, former U Street Cafe (and Mocha Hut, remember Mocha Hut?) next door to the recently opened upper crust pizzeria

From a press release:

“TaKorean, known for its combination of Korean inspired flavors with a Latin American twist, will open its fourth location in the U Street Corridor of Washington, DC in the early spring of 2017.

Located at 1301 U Street NW, TaKorean will be situated in the heart of the historic U Street District. “The 14th and U Street area is home to so many of our customers,” says Mike Lenard, Founder and CEO. “We couldn’t have found a better place to continue growing the TaKorean brand.”

TaKorean has enlisted Edit Lab at Streetsense, a local firm known for their visionary and authentic work, to design the restaurant. Design Director Brian Miller says, “We’re excited to be working with TaKorean on refining the store design we developed with their first location and making a shop that fits U Street. We’ve done many projects in this neighborhood and as
it becomes more of an all-day destination it’s great to see more quick service options. The
new TaKorean will be bright and open, adding more material textures and colors to their
established palette.”

TaKorean continues to look for opportunities to open more locations in the DC metro area. “We are growing at a pace where we can sustain our high quality operation and continue to
offer new opportunities for our team members,” says Lenard.

TaKorean’s U Street restaurant will offer its healthy, balanced, and customizable menu of Korean inspired meats, tofu, an array of slaws and vegetables, house made sauces and toppings. TaKorean is proud to continue partnering with local producers, Running Byrd Tea Co, Capital Kombucha, Captain Cookie and the Milkman, and local breweries.

TaKorean started in August of 2010 operating out of a 1985 Food Truck in Washington, DC. In the fall of 2012, TaKorean opened an outpost at the acclaimed Union Market in Northeast Washington, DC. In the summer of 2014, TaKorean opened a brick and mortar restaurant in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood, followed by a downtown location at 13th and F Street, NW in the summer of 2015.

TaKorean donates 1% of sales to local environmental and youth-based non-profit organizations. Through this initiative TaKorean has made 14 donations to 10 local organizations in the DC area that are having a tremendous impact raising awareness and alleviating local environmental issues, supporting community farms, providing access to food, and empowering youth through experiential learning, outdoor education, and leadership development.”

Takorean Img 3
Courtesy Takorean

7 Comment

  • justinbc

    They are “OK”, but I prefer Far East Taco Grill within this genre.

  • Union market location is great, but the downtown location was terrible both times I’ve been. Hopefully they can up the game here.

    • Hey! Happy to hear you enjoy our Union Market location, but sorry about your experience at our downtown spot. Could you send an email to eat(@)takorean.com so we can better assist you?

  • Always good to have another decent fast casual option nearby. Have been a couple times and generally liked what I had.

  • Man I wish Upper Crust was better.

  • Love Takorean!! Can’t wait to go to this new 13th & U St location soon!

  • Cool….always wanted to try this place but I have yet to go to their other locations. I am in U St or Logan Circle or Shaw kinda often so better chance i’ll get to try them out here in the U St area.

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