Washington, DC

Photo by Dennis Jansen

Thanks to Dennis for sending. To be honest I still haven’t figured out how to cover non coronavirus stuff. At first I was thinking humor, like that’s gonna be a lot of hand sanitizer. But then I remember all the folks who used to work there who are now out of work and it didn’t it seemed flat. So I don’t really know what to say except I hope this is a sign of resilience. Read More


Photo by PoPville flickr user Mr.TinDC

Thanks to all who sent the sad word. Many who reached out to me are upset about the way the news was delivered: “Compass Coffee, a DC based company just laid off 180 of their 200 employees abruptly with no compensation or support. Here’s the insufficient letter from the owner. It was heartbreaking for employees having worked there for years.”

Sadly similar lay offs have and will continue to occur throughout the industry. Please see the virtual tip jar for service industry workers. Hopefully baristas can be included too. And hopefully the District Council will provide support to the workers laid off as well. Read More


1337 11th Street, NW at O Street

Thanks to Kari for sending: “I live down the street from Nina May and have seen my fair share of restaurants open and close (I am looking at you “The Bird ” and “Frenchy’s Naturel“) any way, looks like Nina May is now open for coffee, breakfast and lunch and I really want them to succeed. It is a tough corner with not too much foot traffic.”

From a press release:

“After a successful launch in the Fall, Shaw’s New American restaurant Nina May has introduced a daytime café within the restaurant. Open Monday – Friday, from 7 am – 2 pm, the café’s menu reflects the team’s continued dedication to locally sourced and sustainable food ingredients. Read More


4602 14th Street, NW, looking south towards Buchanan Street

I’ll be curious to learn more about this space. The liquor license application for 9 Bars Street Art Café says:

“A new C Tavern. Seating Capacity of 40. Total Occupancy Load of 47. License will include an Entertainment Endorsement.”

Update: Thanks to Chad for passing on their website:

“We are DCs first street art cafe
An espresso bar with a sublime cup of coffee,
a waffle that you cant get anywhere else,
wrapped in a culture decades in the making”

We are thrilled you’ve found us! 9 Bars Street Art Cafe is the first of it’s kind in DC, an espresso bar serving the best daggone waffles you’ve ever tasted, owned and operated by a local street artist. We specialize in a sublime cortado paired with a delectable treat, a made to order waffle that you can’t find anywhere else. We will be displaying artworks from local artists, hosting exhibitions, and are available to add flavor to your next event as a kiosk.”



14th and Irving St, NW on Irving Street.

A long history of “temporary closures” here.

Thanks to Amanda for sending:

“Pidzza in the DCUSA building in Columbia Heights was “closed for renovations,” but from the new help wanted sign, it looks like it is turning into The Ritual Cafe. Hopefully this business breaks the curse because there has been a lot of turnover in this little spot.” Read More


Photo by PoPville flickr user Erin

“Dear PoPville,

I wanted to nominate a Friday Question of the Day: What is your favorite coffee shop? We’ve been trying to hit more coffee shops lately, and I was wondering if people have any favorites for good coffee, wifi, decent pastries or sweet treats, and comfortable to sit and enjoy for a while.

Along the same lines, I was also curious about where people go for their “third place,” i.e., a social environment that is not home or work? Bar? Coffee shop? Library?


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