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Duke’s Grocery Opens Today at 11am in Dupont, Have a Look Inside

by Prince Of Petworth September 10, 2013 at 10:30 am 16 Comments

1513 17th Street, NW

Last week we noted Duke’s Grocery was coming soon to the former Cafe Green space on 17th Street. Well, today’s the day. I stopped in yesterday for some preview photos and the space does not disappoint.

From a press release:

“Duke’s Grocery is a social market and pub located in the heart of Dupont Circle’s 17th Street community. Taking inspiration and cues from old European counters, especially those in East London, Duke’s will serve a seasonal market menu featuring scratch made sandwiches, salads and sides.

Chef-Partner Alex McCoy’s kitchen will emphasize local ingredients and house made products. The quality-driven market menu features scratch made sandwiches, comfort sides and seasonal salads with fresh produce from Potomac Farm Market. We are proud to feature fresh produce from Potomac Farm Market, craft beers from local breweries and fresh bread from Lyon Bakery and Georgetown Bagelry.

The beverage program will feature new spins on classic cocktails. The Perfect Storm, our version of a dark and stormy, features house made ginger-chili syrup; the Shoreditch Fizz, is made with citron vodka, prosecco, limoncello, anisette, fresh lemon and basil.

Guests can grab fresh fruit and vegetables from the Grocery Table, curated by Potomac Farm Market, which will also provide produce for McCoy’s kitchen.

Italian espresso drinks will come courtesy of a vintage ECM machine and a full English Breakfast, along with house made pastries and cakes, will soon be available all day.


Monday – Thursday: 11:00AM to 2:00AM
Friday – Saturday: 11:00AM to 3:00AM
Sunday: 11:00AM to 2:00AM

Breakfast and Brunch: Coming soon.”

Have a look inside:

First floor

Lots more photos after the jump.

First floor

first floor bar


second floor mural

second floor bay window

second floor seating

second floor, including a second bar



  • Hungry

    I have been planning my first lunch at this place for weeks!

  • Anonymous

    So excited about this place, looks amazing!

  • bb

    Looks promising. What are the prices like?

  • blahblahblah

    It’s adorable. This is going to be my new hangout!

  • kken

    When there are no prices listed on the menu, your wallet curls up into a fetal position.

    • anon

      was just thinking the same thing

  • So this is mostly a restaurant / sub-shop / bar, rather than an actual grocery / market? Either way, the sandwiches sound fantastic. That’s quite a diverse range of flavors though, hopefully they can manage to keep those 5-10 ingredients per sandwich all fresh.

    • joeschmoe

      SUNdeVICH manages to keep lots of ingredients fresh. If they do nearly as much business, they should be fine.

  • StellaMaris

    Just grabbed lunch there. Delicious food (amazing banh mi and chicken salad!), and the mural upstairs is even more fabulous up close than in pictures.

    • Anonymous

      How much were the sandwiches?

  • Anonymous

    That use to be the world’s last internet cafe!

    • Anonymous

      Maybe the last in DC, but definitely not the world.

      • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    Had lunch there today, got it to go. The wait to get food to-go was pretty long… I think they maybe didn’t anticipate how many workers there are around here looking for a lunch option to take back to their office. It was a little confusing where to place your order, like they weren’t really expecting anyone to make a to-go order.

    That said, the chicken salad sandwich was really good. The sandwich + a soda came to $11 total, so it’s not out of line with other lunch options in the area. And it was very big.

  • chasscott

    Wow! We’ve gone from the cured meats of charcuterie to curated vegetables on a table!

  • Lunch prices are pretty reasonable ($8-9) https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=437503833032317&set=a.412937692155598.1073741828.386763148106386&type=1&theater . I think they’ll be higher at dinner but include a side.


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