Kramerbooks Expansion Coming under New Ownership in Dupont

by Prince Of Petworth — November 22, 2016 at 10:22 pm 11 Comments

1517 Connecticut Avenue, NW

I keep forgetting to post this (thanks to all who sent word) but in case you haven’t heard Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe is under new ownership and they’re expanding into the old Willie T’s/Marvelous Market space next door. The Washington Post reports:

The new owner and co-founder of &pizza Steve “Salis is taking over an 800-square-foot space next door, most recently inhabited by Willie T’s Lobster Shack, and creating a children’s book annex that is expected to open next week. He plans to build a new coffee bar, add more events space and beef up the store’s lineup of cookbooks, history and nonfiction.

The renovation will continue over the next 18 months, while the store stays open.”


And hey – a free beer if you buy $50 worth of books through Dec. 31st:


  • Anon

    I love bookstores – especially this one. And this place is always packed. But I’m a little surprised to see a bookstore expanding in 2017.

  • HillM01

    WHOOO HOOO! Cannot wait!! We go out of our way to buy our books here, children’s books included!

  • dcjpad

    I hope the customer service attitude improves, although I wasn’t encouraged when the new COO, I believe, was quoted in The Dupont Current basically saying the store is 40 pounds of **** in a 20-pound bag. Not a professional or inviting message.

    • hahaha I thought that was an odd quote too!

    • Rich

      &pizza Is horrible and the owner plays hardball with negative Yelp reviews. Niche bookstores are starting to do well again. My guess is that he’s an opportunist rather than areal book guy.

  • northeazy

    I also heard that the original pitmaster from DCity Smokehouse (they guy that made the place good) is cooking for them now. Anyone hear of that?

    • j8c88

      Yeah I heard that too. Can’t wait to see what he does with the kitchen.

  • Truxton Thomas

    Kramerbooks with an expanded children’s section and coffee bar? Count me in!

  • elly2

    Not my favorite store, but great for when I don’t feel like driving to P&P. Glad to have it in the neighborhood, and excited to see what they have in store.

  • TacoPants

    This is great. Every year I see more and more strollers in the neighborhood, glad to a business responding to this shift. There are quite a few businesses that seem to be on their last legs on this northern half of Dupont, hopefully the next crop offers something worthwhile.

  • wpk_dc

    It’s so great to see any bookstore actually expand — especially a local, neighborhood one. Huge Kramerbooks fan and customer here!


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