Toki Underground chef Erik Bruner-Yang’s emporium of locally roasted coffee, Asian street food and $800 sneakers has arrived on the H Street corridor.
Maketto, which Bruner-Yang co-owns with menswear designer Will Sharp, opened its doors at 7 a.m. today. The Asian-inspired market at 1351 H St. NE features 5,000 square feet of retail, dining and bar space spanning two levels.
Bruner-Yang said Maketto, which was three years in the making, helps fill a need for H Street: daytime retail and dining.
“As a resident, I wake up in the mornings, and I’m like, ‘What do I do? Where do I go? Where does my family go?” he said. “For a good portion of this whole strip, what is there to do during the day?”
As diners wait to grab a table for Taiwanese fried chicken or Cambodian pork noodle salad, they can have a cocktail or locally roasted Vigilante Coffee at the bar, buy a Japanese toy from a vending machine or peruse a selection of shirts, shoes and other goods.
Prices vary, bringing a “little something for everyone” at Maketto, said Sharp, who owns clothing brand Durkl. Vans, Pumas and the market’s others shoes range from $50 to $800, for example.
Although the name Maketto has a Japanese ring to it, Bruner-Yang joked that it’s a “bullshit word.”
“Just like Toki,” he said.