Progress at Compass Rose Coming to 14th and T Street, NW – Hoping to Open in November/December

1346 T Street, NW

Back in Dec. 2012 we first learned a new tavern serving international street cuisine would be moving into the former Collage Cafe space on T Street next door to St. Ex. In March we learned some folks were protesting their liquor license. I’m happy to report that they’ve cleared that hurdle and received their building permits as well. The house was originally built in 1887 so there is some serious work to be done. And there has already been some serious demo:


I spoke with co-owner Rose Previte who tells me that after getting their building permit yesterday, they are aiming for a November/December opening. Plans are for a 12 person bar towards the back and table seating in the front with a small outdoor patio out front and in back. While they are still searching for a chef, the cuisine is inspired by Rose’s travels (with her journalist husband) overseas for three years. She tells me that the one commonality of the countries she lived in was great street food. And great street food is what she plans to bring to DC. It will be a casual neighborhood spot – there won’t be reservations taken or a host/hostess. The vision is to give the space the feel of an outdoor market place.

Can’t wait to see how this turns out. Stay tuned for updates as construction progresses.

Looking west towards St. Ex and 14th Street

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