Wydown Coffee Bar Closes on U Street, Will Reopen Early 2014 in the New Louis Building on 14th

by Prince Of Petworth December 9, 2013 at 10:30 am 15 Comments

1320 U Street, NW

It was a good run for the Wydown Coffee Bar at 1320 U St, NW. This was their last weekend on U Street but fortunately they’ll be reopening in their permanent digs early next year in the new Louis Building on 14th Street just south of U Street.

  • Anonymous

    I remember Luois Building twitter or facebook posting something about the move with #luxurycoffee. They had good (overpriced) coffee, but if that’s the vibe that building is gonna bring to 14th and U it’s a bit obnoxious.

  • Snooze

    I’m really going to miss them! definitely the friendliest, most delicious coffee place in dc….and right on my route to work! get it together please, louis 14

  • Anonymous

    What is a “Wydown” anyway?

    • Timmy

      I believe it’s a street (neighborhood?) in St. Louis where a few of the guys are from.

      I love this place. The people who work there are really friendly and always willing to chat coffee with zero pretentiousness. I enjoy counter culture and ceremony, but it’s nice to have even more of a selection, and everything I’ve tasted from intelligentsia, PTs, and Kaldi’s at Wydown has been fantastic.

      Their permanent location can’t open soon enough.

      • Jeff

        +1 – Their coffee is great and the guys are super nice. I think Anon 10:38 might be thinking of Filter down on 20th — that place is tasty but the staff and atmosphere are insufferable. I’ve never felt more unwelcome at a coffee place than at Filter.

        PoP: What’s the deal with that block of U St.? Is that building getting razed or what? All of the business there have closed in the last month.

        • yes, razed, and replaced with apartments/retail.

        • Oh my god, don’t even get me started about Filter on 20th. This one time I went in and ordered a large cappuccino and the barista was like, “uhh we only have one 8oz size for cappuccinos” and I was like “Okay?” and he was all like “Okay, cool.” WTF Right?!? But I wanted to give them the benefit of the doubt so I went in a second time and decided to try a ‘poor-oeuvre.” So I order my Kenya coffee with the disaffected employee at the counter and he coldly snips at me “Four dollars” and then proceeds to brew my coffee in silence, scoffing and sneering and rolling his eyes and generally being smug with his INSUFFERABLE co-malcontents. Worst. Evar. Never ever go there. Ever. I mean both times my coffee was great but those lil twerps who pretend to work there…if you hate yourself, go to Filter on 20th and hate yourself a lil more.

    • Anonymous

      I always disliked the name. I didn’t know if they were trying to be clever and use a word that sounded like “wind down”, or if it was someone’s name, or what.

  • cspk

    I wonder when the Rite Aid will close and the demolitions will begin.

  • Anonymous

    It’s gotta be soon for demolition….. Maybe they are waiting for the new building just North of Matchbox to complete? Doubt that would matter, but Rite Aid is giving no indication ov their closing date.

    • otberbur

      I asked a Rite Aid pharmacist how long the drug store would remain in its current premises. I was told that Rite Aid was unlikely to vacate until the second quarter of 2014. (Is the building being manually demolished from west to east?) it will operate a trailer to dispense prescriptions while the new building is being constructed; Rite Aid (unlike the other occupants of the strip center) will be occupying ground-floor space in the new apartment house being constructed.

      FYI, I really enjoyed the Wydown and hope they are able to move into their new digs quickly.

  • Anonymous

    They can’t get into their new space fast enough. Terrific coffee and really, really nice guys. I don’t understand Anon 10:38 talking crap on their “vibe”. There are so many super casual places for gas-station coffee. The market wants good coffee done with great attitude, and these guys are doing it right. They are a little close to Peregrine to fill a “void” but there is a real lack of great coffee north of U street…

  • Anon

    Agree that they had great coffee; disagree that they were super nice. I didn’t find them that friendly, but I’m also a Southerner who might have higher standards for what constitutes “nice”

    • Anonymous

      How ironic.

    • Anonymous

      and a higher standard of what is ignorant, it seems.


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