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8th and Monroe Street, NE

From an email:

“It’s finally here: Bikes & Coffee!

Years of dreaming, planning and hard work are becoming a reality, and we couldn’t be more excited to share it with you. Join us Saturday for the GRAND OPENING of our new shop in Brookland.

We’ll offer basic bike maintenance on the Arts Walk (and balloons!)
The Monroe Street Market will host it’s first Farmer’s Market of 2015
Our friends at Brookland Pint will celebrate by pouring coffee brews all weekend [“18 amazing coffee beers”]

We can’t wait to see you all Saturday on the Arts Walk at 716 Monroe St. NE!”

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904 Palmer Alley, NW

From a press release:

“Robb Duncan, Washington’s premier gelato artisan and co-owner of Dolcezza, is pleased to unveil his newest location which will open April 17, 2015 at 904 Palmer Alley, NW, 20001 at CityCenterDC. Dolcezza CityCenterDC will debut a new way to enjoy coffee made by harnessing high-pressure nitrogen to create a smooth, creamy iced coffee. Dolcezza’s nitro coffee is unmatched in the DC region and is unique because of the way it infuses nitrogen using a special patented-membrane at the point-of-sale using Dolcezza’s own custom recipes and Stumptown’s seasonal, single origin beans. The system used to make this new offering was created by AC Beverage Inc. — pioneers of the draft beer and beverage industry — using their expertise of draft beer technologies and adapting it to coffee. Priced at $5.50 per cup, Dolcezza’s nitrogen coffee program will offer fans their favorite cup of coffee with added flavor, elevated caffeine, and a smoother taste. Additional benefits include:

• Dolcezza’s nitro coffee will always taste fresh because it is only in contact with nitrogen at the point of sale. So there’s less time for the nitrogen to denature the coffee concentrate.

• Dolcezza has the creative freedom to experiment with an unlimited number of coffee recipes.

• Dolcezza’s process will give the coffee a smoother texture and showcase the natural sweetness of their recipes.

• Dolcezza will be able to adjust parameters to deliver varying nitro coffee experiences, from spicy and dark brews similar to a Double IPA to lighter and more floral blends reminiscent of a Belgian Ale.

Dolcezza will also be showcasing their close partnership with Stumptown by being the first in the DC region to sell and stock Stumptown cold brew coffee + milk.

The 1,200-square-foot space boosts a 10-foot-long communal table that can accommodate ten guests, as well as a standing bar for ten that runs along 9th Street. The space also incorporates a private alcove near the entrance that can accommodate up to four guests seated. The tables and light fixtures throughout the space were created by Housewerks, a salvage industrial outfitter out of Baltimore, Maryland. Also of note is the coffee bar and espresso station, which is a custom state-of-the-art setup conceived, designed, and built by the coffee wizard of Baltimore, Bruce White of Perfect Brew.”

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“Hours of Operation:
Monday through Thursday: 7 AM to 11 PM
Friday: 7 AM to 12 Midnight
Saturday: 8 AM to 12 Midnight
Sunday: 8 AM to 10 PM”

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2nd floor of 18th and Wyoming Ave, NW

More coffee news for Adams Morgan – from an email:

“Anyone out-and-about in Adams Morgan should drop by Friday, April 17, from 9am – 7 pm to welcome our newest neighbor, Sweet Science Coffee, that shares space with the legendary home furnishings store, Skynear Designs, at 1800 Wyoming Avenue, NW…

Friday will mark the soft opening of this delightful coffee boutique…”

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2477 18th Street, NW

From a press release:

“Upon opening in D.C. on Friday, April 17th, Songbyrd Record Café will be the first of its kind in the city. Songbyrd is defined by the freedom to enjoy, consume, and interact with music in a comfortable, social environment. In addition, the Adams Morgan cafe houses one of the country’s only 1947 Voice-O-Graph recording booths, on which anyone and everyone is encouraged to record their own sounds directly onto a 45-rpm record.

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Microphone from Voice-O-Graph. photo: James Jackson

The moniker Songbyrd pays tribute to legendary DC musician, Charlie Byrd. One of the first to blend jazz and bossa nova in the early 60s, he is credited for introducing Americans to Brazilian music with the release his album: Jazz Samba, which was recorded in Washington, D.C. Drenched in musical history, the new café occupies the same space as the former Showboat Lounge, where Byrd and Stan Getz dreamt up the idea for the career making album. To locals, the Showboat Lounge was the “finest” music room in Washington and Sonbyrd hopes to build on that legacy.

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photo: James Jackson

Sonbyrd aims to re-imagine a musical destination in which devotees and aficionados can explore, create and purchase music while also enjoying a café atmosphere. With the Voice- O-Graph, artists can record up to three minutes and ten seconds of music, comedy, thoughts, or anything at all and take home their very own “45’” for $15. Ultimately, Songbyrd will offer approximately 350 vinyl records featuring an array of genres with a special emphasis on soul, funk, R&B, hip hop and indie albums that would make the cafe’s namesake proud. Want to discover new music? The café will suggest featured releases and custom digital listening stations will be available to sample albums as well as curated playlists.

Industry vet Alisha Edmonson and fellow audiophile and Adams Morgan resident Joe Lapan are hoping to build a sense of community with the perfect blend of music and food. “Moments in life are defined by music; it is as much a part of the human experience as food,” said Edmonson. “We wanted to create a place that accentuates the listening experience, where music becomes integrated into the very fabric of the meeting with friends, not overpowering it, but not fading into the background either.”

The coffee program plays an essential role in creating the harmonious atmosphere Songbyrd hopes to be known for. Fair trade, organic blend coffee brews from small batch producers in Africa and South America compliment the espresso program powered by a high performance Simonelli machine using a Full City blend, which provides an ample bodied flavor.

To create a mouthwatering menu for audiophiles, Songbyrd tapped Matthew Richardson, former chef of notoriously food-savvy spots in the District area: 1905, The Argonaut and Gadsby’s Tavern. When it first opens, Songbyrd Record Café will serve an assortment of sandwiches including a chicken and brie schnitzel with raspberry sauce, an eight hour braised pork shoulder on sourdough with melted gruyere and red wine au jus, and the roast ‘byrd’ with sage roasted turkey breast, creole mayo, sprouts and cranberry relish on a baguette. The jumbo slice and mumbo slice, open-faced sandwiches on focaccia, serve as Chef’s homage to the evolving neighborhood.

Those who have walked pass the record café will notice that Songbyrd is also working on a “music house” at the adjacent space at 2477 18th Street, N.W. News on plans for that space will follow.

Songbyrd Record Café will be open from 10am-10pm Sunday through Thursday and from 10am-12am on Friday and Saturday.”

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3118 Georgia Ave, NW

Colony Club has passed their final inspection, Colony Club has passed their final inspection!

I stopped in yesterday for a quick update and was told the good news which means the soft opening is coming as soon as they finish training staff. The space as we got a taste last time and can see much better now looks amazing. I’ll update when they announce the official opening date but to start just the coffee and ping pong elements will open. In the coming weeks, after their liquor license is finalized, we’ll see some beer and more (beer/wine/spirits menu here.)

In the meantime – have a look around:

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Lots more shots after the jump. (more…)

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From a press release:

“April is National Poetry Month and in celebration, Busboys and Poets will be promoting the art of reading poetry out loud. Throughout the month of April, guests are encouraged to read a poem via a microphone for the full store to enjoy. Guests may choose to read a poem of their own or from a selection of poems the restaurant will have available. In return, we will give that guest one free coffee drink of their choice, including espresso, drip, lattes, etc.”