Scuttlebutt Confirmed: New Starbucks coming to Brookland in/next to the former Halsa space

by Prince Of Petworth July 5, 2016 at 10:22 pm 32 Comments

655 Michigan Ave, NE

Back in April we learned that Halsa had closed and rumors were of a new Starbucks. Turns out to be true though the Starbucks might be located next door to the old Halsa space – I couldn’t tell if it was taking over both spaces – the liquor license placard (another Starbucks with beer and wine) posted next door says:

“A coffee shop that offers breakfast all day, along with savory small plates, and desserts paired with wine and beer selections. Sidewalk Cafe with a Total Occupancy Load of 30 seats.”



  • anon

    Cue the moans. This is fine. There’s room for chains in the city as long as they don’t overwhelm everything else. With all the development around the metro stations up and down this leg of the red line, I’m sure Starbucks and local coffeeshops can coexist, much as many coexist in other parts of town.

    • Dognonymous

      Yeah, I’m still bummed about Halsa leaving, but it seems like we’re going to need chains to fill up some of the remaining commercial space over there. I’m fine with that, especially if they increase customer traffic to places like Wardman Wines (a really great store) and the galleries on the Arts Walk.

      • edgewoody

        i was pretty disappointed by Halsa.
        i felt strange inside, like i was eating at a department store. and the kitchen was twice the size of the seating area.
        maybe they chose the wrong designer, the food was okay.

    • Philippe Lecheval

      Exactly. People wanted development instead of empty storefronts and vacant lots, and now they are getting it. This area was a retail/dining wasteland just a few short years ago.

  • kwame

    This is literally across the street from a starbucks inside of the barnes in noble.

    • anon

      Yes. UGH. wtf. etc. barf.

    • anon

      I get the sentiment, but that’s a Barnes and Noble Cafe that proudly serves Starbucks coffee. There’s a lot of menu overlap, but it’s not the same. I assume the full Starbucks will crowd out the B&N cafe some. Or not; they coexist in other places.

      • textdoc

        Agreed — a Starbucks within a Barnes and Noble (or a Safeway, or a Target) is not the same thing as a freestanding Starbucks.

        • anon

          Well, Starbuckses inside Safeway and Target, in my experience, are actual Starbuckses. Whether they take Starbucks cards or not is a big determinant. That said, seating space and such depend on being standalone. For all its cookie-cutter banality, Starbucks has ample and guilt-free seating. Smaller coffeeshops are generally limited and I feel awkward taking up a seat for too long without buying stuff. They’re usually quieter and less diffuse, so conversations are broadcasted. That’s why I prefer Starbucks for casual meetings with potential clients or online dates or whatever.
          Also, Starbucks creates pretty decent jobs with good benefits even for part-timers.

          • textdoc

            Every time I tried to get a smoothie at the Starbucks inside the Columbia Heights Target, they’d tell me they were out of bananas. At some point they said that the manager never orders bananas, so smoothies are never possible. I said, “So why is it listed on the menu, then?” and they said something like “Corporate requires us to have it on the menu.” -facepalm-
            Disclaimer: This was several years ago, so for all I know the management has changed and some freakin’ logic has been restored.

          • anon

            Yeah, no doubt that service/supply is pretty bad at those Starbucks stands, but the fact that Starbucks corporate has anything to do with them makes them distinct from Barnes and Nobles Cafes. B&N Cafes are not Starbucks locations; they just serve Starbucks coffee and have some menu item licensing or something going on.

      • Justaphil

        Bozzuto Development is not local; the person who approved this lease works for Bozzuto in Chicago and knows nothing of the Brookland neighborhood or it’s existing businesses.

        Three years ago when Bozzuto was getting artists to move into the Arts Walk, they promised there would be a grocery store across from Brookland Pint by 2016…they haven’t even broken ground or gotten a grocer to even sign a lease.

        Bozzuto blows massive chunks.

  • J

    We don’t want a Starbucks in BK!!
    They better not cross 12th street!

    • anon

      Speak for yourself. I would love one on our side of 12th St.

  • anon

    Starbucks across the street.
    Filter coffee a few doors down
    And Askale has the best coffee of all of them.
    Too much coffee in Brookland!! Bring a bagel shop, bakery or anything else.

  • Lmillz

    This is GREAT news! Brookland needs more development- hopefully we’ll get a grocery store next!

    • stacksp

      A Trader Joe’s would be a nice compliment to the Yes Organic Market on 12th. I don’t think there is a enough space over there for a Whole Foods.

      • anon

        Developers of both RIA DC (Midcity) and the Rhode Island Avenue Shopping Center (MRP Realty) are attempting to get grocery stores as part of their developments. Fingers crossed that one’s a TJ’s.

        • Justaphil

          TJ’s has a long list of preconditions for deciding where new stores go. Knowing this lot, I’m 90% sure it won’t be a TJ’s. I’ll settle for a Harris Teeter, tho.

          • anon

            I don’t think either of those two spaces will be ready for at least 5 years, so I wouldn’t be sure of much.

  • textdoc

    If you Brookland folks don’t want a Starbucks, I think most of us in northern Park View/southern Petworth would be glad to take it. Maybe in one of the multiple vacant spots in Park Place.

    • Anonymous

      +1. Park Place above the Metro!

  • Angry Parakeet

    Could the chicken art possibly remain?

  • Anonymous

    And yet Park Place above the Petworth Metro sits empty. Don’t get me wrong, Starbucks wouldn’t be my top choice, but it’s better than a Dunkin Donuts or 7-Eleven. The owner wants a national chain? Well then how about a good one! At least Starbucks would provide a decent wage plus benefits/healthcare for its employees.
    And no, before you say it, the Stabucks “stand” in the Safeway doesn’t count.

    • nnnnn

      but what does this location have to do with petworth metro station?

      • LittleBluePenguin

        Nothing. I think what Anonymous is saying is while AdMo residents are bemoaning another Starbucks, there are lots of other places in the District where it would be a welcome addition.

        • textdoc


        • textdoc

          (Except Brookland rather than Adams Morgan.)

  • Lmillz

    Honestly, the disdain that some Brookland residents have for development is baffling to say the least. I understand preserving the neighborhood feel, but retail and restaurants in this area would be great. An increase in property value would also be a welcomed addition.


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