The entrepreneurs behind Union Kitchen are planning a cafe and small grocery store at the corner of 3rd and F streets NE, co-owner Jonas Singer said.
“It will be a combination of a comfortable coffee shop and … harken back to its history as an old school corner grocery,” he said.
The 1,000-square foot storefront at 538 3rd St. NE will serve coffee and a “cafe menu” with Union Kitchen products like cookies from Blind Dog Bakery.
“We won’t be a restaurant with a full kitchen, but we’ll have a simple menu that people can nosh on,” said Singer, a 32-year-old LeDroit Park resident.
The Union Kitchen team, which provides professional kitchen space to food startups like Capital Kombucha and Broodjes & Bier, is planning outdoor space behind and alongside the shop. They’re working on designs now.
“It will have a homey feel for people to hang out and enjoy a cup of coffee or a sandwich, and we’ll also sell basics like paper towels,” Singer said.
They’re hoping to open the shop by mid-year, and are applying for a license to sell beer and wine.
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Navy Yard finally has a supermarket.
The Harris Teeter at 401 M St. SE opened Tuesday evening with a ribbon-cutting and a crowd eager to explore the bright store.
Offerings at the 50,000-square-foot market include a “make your own six-pack” selection of craft beers, a Starbucks, a wide selection of wines, heaps of organic and conventional produce, and a wall of frozen cakes.
Navy Yard resident Devon Jones said he and his mother, who uses a motorized wheelchair, were thrilled to get a grocery store close to home. They’re used to having to make a 20-minute trip to the Safeway near the Waterfront Metro station.
“Now we can just go across the street,” Jones, 25, said. “It makes a big difference.”
The store is crucial for Navy Yard as its population booms, Ward 6 City Councilman Tommy Wells said.
“This is one of the key amenities for any neighborhood to be successful,” he said about the store with a staff of 215.
Before Harris Teeter opened about 5:30 p.m., store director Tim Porch presented oversized checks of $5,000 each to Amidon-Bowen Elementary School and Jan’s Tutoring House, and thanked locals for their patience during construction.
Shoppers said the store’s prices seemed comparable to competitors’.