Starbucks sign (Photo via Flickr/Charles Williams)Starbucks hopes to serve beer and wine at its forthcoming coffeeshop on H Street NE.

The company has applied for a liquor license to serve beer and wine at its new store at 625 H St. NE, according to paperwork filed with the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration this week.

That store is due to open this summer, a representative with the chain said in March.

The national coffee company is also seeking to serve booze at Starbucks locations downtown and close to the National Mall, according to the paperwork.

Starbucks recently rolled out its “Starbucks Evenings” service with alcohol and small plates at five District locations, including on Capitol Hill and in the Northwest D.C. neighborhoods of Adams Morgan and Shaw.

If approved, the program will feature craft beer, along with red, white and sparkling wines by the bottle and glass, according to a sample menu.

Photo via Flickr/Charles Williams


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Yards Park in Navy Yard

Multiple Developers Refining Plans for Residential Projects in Hill East — Hill East is poised to become more densely populated over the next few years as developers work to build residential projects at Watkins Alley, Buchanan School, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. SE and other locations. [District Source]

Developer Proposes Redevelopment of Potomac Gardens Housing Complex — The developer of Potomac Parc on Barracks Row proposed a rehabilitation of Potomac Gardens and Hopkins Apartments to add more affordable housing units. [Capitol Hill Corner]

Philz Coffee Holding Pop-Up at Bluejacket to Preview Navy Yard Location — Navy Yard residents can get a free pour-over from Philz Coffee this morning at a pop-up at Bluejacket Bottle Shop in Navy Yard. The coffee company has plans to open its first D.C. location at The Yards development. [Eater]

Spotting Houses Designed by Capitol Hill’s Most Prolific Architect — Architect Charles Gessford designed many Capitol Hill houses in the late 19th century, many of which have retained original design elements today. [Curbed]


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Capitol Hill Residents Planning Bake Sales to Raise Money for Information From Department of Justice — When Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Denise Krepp told residents that the Department of Justice is charging her $1,000 for information on how many crimes in the area resulted in prosecution, residents agreed to hold bake sales to offset the cost. [NBC Washington]

Public Pier at The Wharf May Open Ahead of Schedule — Filings with the Zoning Commission suggest that the developers of The Wharf in Southwest could open the 7th Street Recreation Pier along with the first phase of construction. [Washington Business Journal]

Meet the Capitol Hill Chef Competing on Top Chef — The Washington Post profiled three area chefs who are competing on this season of Top Chef, including Garret Fleming, chef at Barrel on Capitol Hill. [Washington Post]

Sample Local Coffee On and Off Capitol Hill With the D.C. Indie Coffee Passport — Fans of local coffee and tea will soon be able to get 17 drinks for $20 with the D.C. Indie Coffee Passport. [Hill Now]


Coffee (Photo via Flickr/ Michael Allen Smith)Fans of local coffee and tea will soon be able to get 17 drinks for $20 with the D.C. Indie Coffee Passport.

The passport, which can be purchased online, allows people to receive a free drink at 17 area coffee shops, including two in the Capitol Hill area.

Passport holders can choose one free drink per location from a list of options at each place between Dec.. 1 and June 30.

Ebenezers Coffeehouse at 201 F St. NE will offer passport-holders their choice of a spiced or vanilla Chai, latte, tea, coffee or a honey lavender latte.

Peregrine Espresso at Eastern Market will offer espresso, americano, cappucino, coffee, tea or iced coffee.

Passport holders will have to venture outside of the Capitol Hill area to get the remaining stamps in their passports. A full list of participating coffee shops is available online.

Photo via Flickr/ Michael Allen Smith

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Philz Coffee (Photo via Facebook/Philz Coffee)A San Francisco-based coffeehouse chain is slated to open one of its first locations outside of California at The Yards in Navy Yard next year, the area’s developer announced today.

Philz Coffee is expected to bring its Tantalizing Turkish, Philharmonic and other java blends to a mixed-use building across from the Boilermaker Shops on Tingey Street SE this spring, according to developer Forest City Washington. The building, known as the Arris, is still under construction.

Founded in 2003, Philz currently only has locations in California. But the chain is set to move into the D.C. market with a shop in Adams Morgan later this year, according to District Source.

The shop along the Capitol Riverfront in Navy Yard is slated to be Philz’s second location in the District. Forest City Washington’s announcement followed hints by the developer last month that Navy Yard would have a new coffee shop.

“Philz Coffee is a California-based company on a mission to better people’s days by reinventing the coffee drinking experience,” Forest City Washington said in a news release. “In addition to an impressive array of exclusive, handcrafted, flavorful blends, Philz Coffee prides itself on its extraordinary customer service and culture, where each cup of drip coffee is personalized by their baristas.”

Navy Yard also is slated to get a Pacers Running this fall, according to the developer. The chain, which sells running shoes, workout clothes and other accessories, is slated to open at the Boilermaker Shops on Tingey Street SE in October, after initially looking to open this month.

Pacers Running currently has stores in Northwest D.C., Arlington, Alexandria and Fairfax.

Photo via Facebook/Philz Coffee


(Updated at 4:10 p.m.) There’s a new place on H Street NE to get high-end coffee and doughnuts.

The coffee roaster Vigilante Coffee Company set up shop today at Impala Cantina y Taqueria (1358 H St. NE). Vigilante will serve pour-over coffee, espresso drinks, chocolate ancho chili doughnuts and fresh-squeezed orange juice Friday through Sunday mornings.

Vigilante co-owner Ashley Bodine said opening the popup was a way for the company created in Trinidad to reintroduce itself before opening a permanent location across the street, hopefully in March.

“The popup allows us to get back in the neighborhood before we open Maketto,” she said.

At 1351 H St. NE, Maketto will double as a restaurant and retail space.

Vigilante will operate out of Impala Friday through Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. until Maketto opens, Bodine said.

Today they served three varieties of pour-over coffee, priced at $2.75 to $4: Colombian San Sebastián, Ethiopian Derar Ela and a Nicaraguan blend that won an international award for excellence.

Photo via Twitter/Vigilante Coffee


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