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New Restaurant from owner of Vinoteca, The Royal, Coming to 501 Florida Ave, NW

by Prince Of Petworth January 8, 2014 at 10:30 am 11 Comments

501 Florida Avenue, NW

The transformation of Florida Avenue continues with The Royal coming from the owner of Vinoteca (wine bar just south of 11th and U St, NW). Washingtonian shared some details:

“The sliver of a spot in LeDroit Park will be called the Royal after its former tenant, the Royal Liquor.

You’ll likely find a coffee shop with a small food menu in the mornings and afternoons, while evenings will bring a concise lineup for dinner.”

Coffee shop plan sounds a bit like the nearby Bistro/Kafe Bohem located a block away at 6th and Florida.

Washingtonian also says the space should fit about 40 seats and will open this summer. Updates as more info becomes available and they get closer to opening. Thanks to all who sent emails and tweets.

I don’t remember Royal Liquor but it was also briefly Stylistics Salon back in 2009:


  • Anonymous

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE keep the awesome graffiti/painting above the door!

  • etcetera

    I’ve been waiting and wondering when this spot at the corner of 5th and Florida would turn. it’s actually happened sooner than I thought. glad to see something empty and closed up come to life again!

  • bb

    Wonderful news! I always thought that space had potential. That’s going to be one cozy coffee shop, but it’s a welcome addition to the neighborhood for sure. Does this include the second floor as well, or is that an apartment? Hopefully they’ll paint it and remove the garage doors…

  • Anonymous

    will be very excited about the build out here… this place has puzzled me for a while. glad to see that some life is coming to the structure!

  • ledroiter

    It’s a welcomed addition to the neighborhood and they seem to have the right concept for the vibe. While I love Kafe/Bistro Bohem, it’ll be great to have another casual spot open for lunch and dinner. I’m much more excited about this place than the odd looking new burrito spot that reminds me of the hamster driving kia commercial.

    • Anonymous

      Is that place open yet?

      • It won’t be until the spring, I think.

        • bb

          The sign says Summer 2014.

  • brains

    +1 to leaving the ART on the transom.


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