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And More Good News – Breakfast/Brunch Options Soon For Petworth

by Prince Of Petworth — October 15, 2009 at 12:57 am 40 Comments

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When I wrote about the IHOP coming to DC USA earlier in the week I mentioned that I had more good news coming. And the good news is some more info about the new spot coming to Petworth from the folks behind Tynan Coffee & Tea opening Friday in Columbia Heights. This spot is coming to Petworth in the retail space of Park Place above the metro. The place in Petworth is not just going to be a coffee spot. I mentioned earlier that it’s going to be in the northernmost retail space near the corner of Georgia and Quincy. There will be some outdoor seating and what has me most excited – breakfast/brunch options.

I mean proper breakfast/brunch options. This has been one of the things I’ve been craving most – a real place to sit down and eat breakfast/brunch in Petworth. Domku does a fine job on Upshur Street but that’s really one of the few options for a hot breakfast.

This spot will tentatively be called Union City and as best I understand will sorta be like a Tryst/Diner type of place. Excuse me a moment while I wipe the tears from my eyes. Ok, sorry bout that. This is phenomenal news that I’ll be following closely. Stay tuned…

  • Farragutst

    I am thrilled!!

  • Petworth

    This is excellent news. I’m loving the development that’s taking place in my neighborhood!

  • New2CH

    sounds awesome!

  • WarderSt

    Yay! Yay! Yay!

  • Doesn’t breakfast/brunch attract an undesireable “wrong element?” For the price of a mimosa, hobos can just loiter for hours on end and discuss politics and what their book club is reading. This just proves the “broken fasts theory” of urban brunching.

  • BreakfastLinks

    This is great news PoP! Now, having said that, let’s hear from those who are going to say this is going to force small businesses to close, push long time low income residents out and prove newcomers don’t understand how breakfast is done in our neighborhood…

  • Matt N.

    I only hope it doesn’t negatively impact Qualia Coffee.

    Maybe the two shops can work out some kind of a deal where Union City serves coffee brewed from FOTR beans?

  • Anonymous

    I am soo excited!!!! Keeping the good news coming…..

  • This news has brightened up my dreary morning.

  • Anonymous

    Is this the Gillian Clark place or something else?

  • Re: above

    Oh wait if I had read the post I could have answered my own question. Coffee please! Is Gillian Clark still opening a joint at Park Place?

  • Anonymous

    Any word on a liquor license? A Bloody Mary would be a nice compliment to coffee and brunch on Sunday Funday.

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  • Ian C

    Holy sh*t… this is really happening, huh? Amazing news, and thanks for the scoop, PoP.

    Now for the difficult part — those of us in the neighborhood need to support it. I’d hate for this place to go by way of Mayorga in CH. And while there is less competition in our little corner of CH/Petworth, there is also less density.

  • Andy

    I think el mono loco is onto something. Petworth’s undesireables will be unable to avoid the mimosas and bloody marys during their book club meetings and will unknowingly reveal their hidden desires to turn petworth into a hipster disneyland, replete with bars that serve punch, bars that do minigolf, bars run by baristas for baristas, kickball, crochet and beading-related stores, pho, ramen, and mussel restaurants, condo openings, ANC meetings, book clubs, leash-free dog parks, and house porn.

    Everybody run before the gentrifapocalypse comes!

    At least up the way to Highlands, which has been serving breakfast, brunch, coffee and dinner (the four meals of the gentrifier’s weekend day) for many moons now at 14th & Crittenden.

  • Shawn

    Wow, this is really, really awesome. I also think getting a hot breakfast/brunch is super super hard to do in the petworth / park view area.

  • Markus

    Has anyone ever gone into Lawrence’s Petworth II Cafeteria? It’s at Shepherd/Georgia, kind of across the street from the good Shell station. It looks like a greasy-spoon place and got good business from the construction workers doing Park Place. I’ve thought about going there for hangover breakfast a million times, but have never pulled the trigger.

  • JW

    We have gotten carryout from Lawrence’s tons of times. They have really good potatoes/homefries….. it definitely hits the spot after a night on the town.

  • Bonnie

    BTW, Qualia has coffee happy hour everyday during the week when they discount their specialty coffees. They don’t have much in the way of food but I did have an awesome couscous salad there the other day.

  • Herb

    I hope by offering “BREAKFAST/Brunch options” this means that this place will be open for breakfast–say 7:00 AM. There is a dearth of actual breakfast options in the area for those of us who are early risers and want breakfast yet plenty of brunch joints that open at 11:00 ish.

  • Rock Creek Churcher

    Woooo. Wooooooooooooo. Woooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

  • Ronnie

    Is it the Tryst/Diner people who are opening this place? They branched out and opened Open City over by the Woodley Park Metro a few years ago, and it’s really awesome.

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  • Petworth-o-nator

    Awesome! Do we still have a colorado kitchen -esque place coming PoP?

  • I was happy just to hear Tynan is coming to Park Place, the prospect of having breakfast, brunch, and outdoor seating available makes this Quincy Street neighbor TRULY ELATED!

    I am soooo there!!!

  • Prince Of Petworth

    Re: the Place from Gillian Clark – sadly there has been no development on this front. I believe she’s still trying to raise money. If I had to guess I’d say there was a 50/50 chance of it still happening. More on that front as it becomes available.

  • Pennywise

    FYI, Clark recently abandoned efforts for another eatery in Takoma which I believe involved or led to some financial difficulties.

  • CoHeRedneck

    “Pardon me waiter, could we sit outside by the anti bullet deflector shield, and would you mind asking that drunken bum to urinate a bit further into the alley please?”

    : ) In all seriousness……… ya gotta start somewhere. Great ideas, great looking new places but it will be easily 10 years or more before you can actually live, dine, relax in Petworth (or CoHe for that matter) in any normal fashion. DC is plagued (literally) with poor educated third world country mentalities. It is hard to change that. It can happen, look at Dupont and Logan………. but it does take time. A start is better than nothing! They seem to be really pumping it into Petworth though faster than they did into CoHe. It should be an interesting ride. For the mean time it will continue to be a pearl necklace on a pig…….. but one day…………. people will be able to live in peace and prosperity with friendly neighbors and clean streets, not fear for their safety.

  • rg

    if they are open late (unlike Eat More fried Chicken accross the street) and serve scotch. I will do all in my power to keep it afloat. In all seriousness, it would be nice to be able to take the kids to brunch someplace real close that isnt a bar. On that strip or GA ave anything that opens that isnt a check cashing place is a good move.

  • Teresa

    WOO HOO!

  • Anonymous

    It is good news for Petworth.
    As a CH resident, I admit I haven’t been to any of the businesses in petworth. Given my history, unless this breakfast place is amazing there really is no reason for me to go up there since I would probably want to walk to something in CH or if I can’t find what I need in CH I tend to go further down to U street, etc. I can say that there are enough people around CH to support business that open up around here, but does petworth have enough people to support business that open up around there?

  • GforGood

    Great news! I just hope that the Tynan folks have the musscle and business wits to actually manage their (what seems to be) a VERY aggressive expansion plan. AFAIK, they have one site now operational, opening one in CH, this one Petworth, and I think at least one other in the planning.. makes me a bit scared but all the best of luck to them! 🙂

  • Shawn

    I have been to Lawrence II’s. It’s Yup it’s a greasy spoon. Tasty. I had a fried egg, cheese and sausage sandwich on wheat bread slices for breakfast one time.

  • yatrakarna

    You can never have too many breakfast places, especially if breakfast is served all day!

    @CoHeRedneck: I have been living, dining, and relaxing in a normal fashion (whatever that means) in Petworth, ColHeights, and third world countries alike for years now. Also, my neighbors are friendly, and your “plague” is what I call diversity. Even rednecks like you are welcome here. You don’t have to live in fear. This is a great place!

  • David T.

    This news rocks! I will start setting aside money to make certain we can help to support them.

  • Nate

    To all the CH residents that pass through but don’t really spend any time in Petworth/Parkview, I think it looks a lot worse than it really is. The main drag south of the metro as well as the ghetto-Safeway is an eyesore just waiting to be addressed, but its a friendly, generally safe neighborhood – at least more so than you probably believe. I think what goes on on the side-street and playgrounds in Parkview/Petworth isn’t vastly different than what happens in those in CH. Just my thoughts (albeit biased) on spending time in both CH and along George Ave.

  • Anonymous

    I agree with Nate, with one caveat.

    I actually think what goes on in the side-streets (at least north of the metro) is actually much nicer than CH. CH doesn’t really have a neighborhood feel and the ‘stooping’ is dramatically worse. Come spend a lazy saturday on a block in Petworth and you will fall in love.

  • a strange

    This is great! I live in Park Place & will be there daily! POP, do you know their time table to open?

  • Ross

    @ a strange

    How is park place filling up? I read on their press release that it was 40% full. Is that possibly true?

  • a strange

    Yes. People are moving in every week. We were one of the first people to move in, so we will miss having the building all to ourselves. I have to say it is a very interesting mix of people. Very diverse. The building is almost finished and is beautiful! We have been very happy with the management as well. They say some of the retail will be starting construction at the end of the month and the developer has some ambitious plans for this area. It should be exciting to see how everything will come together around here in the next couple of years!


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