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1351 H St, NE to become a “joint venture between the creators of DURKL and Toki Underground” Called Maketto

by Prince Of Petworth June 4, 2012 at 4:30 pm 24 Comments

From popularise:

The concept will be based around an inviting market place environment spearheaded by collaboration between the creators of DURKL and Toki Underground; combining both fashion and food, while at the same time giving local vendors an opportunity to market and sell their products.

We believe that H Street is ready for something new and different. A space that will operate both day and night, during the week and on weekends, providing an offering as diverse as the neighborhood itself. We think of it like a new age Eastern Market. We are excited about the potential possibilities for this project, and look forward to further developing the concept with the input and support of our future customers.


Maketto is a collaborative creative enterprise conceived to bring a curated fashion and culinary boutique to the Atlas District. Inspired by international markets and worldwide street culture, Maketto will offer several unique retail experiences ranging from fine dining to more casual gourmet snacks and cocktails bar side, to various food stalls that will feature delicacies inspired by Asian night markets including Chinese donuts, Shanghai steamed dumplings, barbeque pork buns, and even on-site roasted, first-class coffee. Patrons may create their own culinary itineraries while indulging in limited edition fashions from DURKL and a handful of other curated brands as well as special release sneakers.

Two Local Visionaries, One New Retail Collaboration

In May of 2012, two great local operators, Erik Bruner-Yang of Toki Underground and Will Sharp of DURKL, signed a lease for Maketto, a groundbreaking joint venture that will forever change the DC retail experience. The new collaborative destination will offer one-of-a-kind shopping and dining come early 2013.

  • SF

    Bring on the retail. Awesome news.

    Business plan sounds sort of crazy but I would not bet against these guys. It’s like the H Street answer to staid Georgetown-style stores.

    • Open day and night? Weekdays and weekends you say? How innovative. Take that Georgetown stuffed-shirts!

  • dave b

    2.5 hours and just one (positive) comment? Those Popularise geniuses might want to rework their crowd sourcing algorithm

    • SF

      Yeah- usually tons of comments during rush hour.

  • dave b

    why stop at food and fashion? what other unrelated items can we throw in here? i need a place to buy snake-charming snakes

  • Anonymous

    Hmmmm…durkl. No thanks.

  • Dace C.

    Hell yeah DURKL, hell yeah

  • H Street Landlord

    Looks great!


    What a joke ! Some rich kids in NW do a site, offer people hope and Eater.com reveals SIX months ago this deal was made. They were never interested in what H Street residents wanted, Toki wasn’t even in the top 10. The contest was fraudulent, just trying to get press and bambousal hard working people in a rigged contest. I find their ” contest” disrespectful of H Street residents, contestant entrants and NE. I for one won’t support the bussiness or the building. They took a restaurant we already have on H street and made it bigger ohhh how orginal, just ground breaking Richie Riches! They wasted hard working people’s time, effort and disrespected contestants trust and hope.

    Shame on these NW vultures the Millers, Durkel and
    on Eric Yang / Toki Underground for being a party to a rigged contest.

    This isn’t H Street originality and come back spirit, it’s Georgetown rich kids screw you attitude. No thanks, I’ll spend my money on those with pride and respect, real H Street.


      +1 DURKL is WHACK

      • Wait. DURKL is real? I thought it was on Onion satire.

        • Anonymous

          they are the self proclaimed “taste makers” of dc.

          • Anonymous

            …with emphasis on “self proclaimed.” Their stuff is tacky and overpriced.

    • take a deep breath, @NEHST.

    • thoughtfull

      I think Durkl ranked pretty high on Popularise, though.

      And it’s “bamboozle”, fyi.

    • anonnnnnn

      i guess all of sharkey’s friends voting wasn’t enough to secure the building for him and his “joodlum”. i wonder how many of them actually live near h street…

  • M

    Ugh, so freakin’ pretentious! H St does NOT need another expensive, obnoxiously trendy place. It needs more nice, normal places, that serve everyone. Right now, the only place I can think of that brings everyone together is Rita’s Water Ice (which is awesome!) Listen up — spend less on decor and your PR campaign, and more on bringing *good tasting food at a good price* to H St.

    • JoshNE

      I agree. Why can’t someone open something that really caters to the masses? I’m thinking a Cheesecake Factory or a TGI Fridays. I’m sick of all these locally owned, independent businesses opening up with their “decor” and “advertising.”

      • I can’t tell if you’re serious. You’re sick of locally owned? I hope you’re joking.

      • JoshNE

        Yes, mollyk, I am indeed kidding.

      • Anonymous

        Hellz to the yeah, Cheese Cake Factory is delicious and very filling! And that menue is enormous. Something for everybody in just about any neighborhood.

  • Ks

    I don’t even know what half the sentences in that write-up mean….guess that’s more proof I’m officially old and un-hip. Darn.


    Crunkcakes would have been a better choice, rigged contest, waste of TIME

  • wtf is a durkl? more importantly, can i buy some bbq pork buns without indulgling in limited edition durkls?


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