UPDATE 7/5/2013: Photographs (construction) see bottom of post
Today I had the opportunity to chat with Todd Carmichael, Co-Owner of La Colombe, and Greg Smith, who is the Manager of the new La Colombe Coffee Roasters location in DC. As previously reported, La Colombe plan to open in Shaw, Blagden Alley, adjacent to Rogue 24. Serious construction has been in progress for the past month, renovating and converting the building, which is one of the Blagden/Naylor Ct. Alley's famous stables.
|La Colombe is located adjacent to Rogue 24 in Blagden Alley|
|Chef RJ Cooper of Rogue 24 and Todd Carmichael of La Colombe. New Neighbors|
Greg Smith has been with La Colombe for almost 20 years, managed La Colombe's first Philly location, opened and managed the first Chicago location and has now relocated from Chicago to open and manage the DC location.
|Greg Smith and family relocated (in Shaw) from Chicago to open and run La Colombe DC|
|With the renovation of the upper level, light has finally found its way inside, but when the lower windows & doors are opened up, the whole space will be filled with light|
What to Expect: This is probably the most exciting piece from the interview. You've seen the pictures, and if you have checked out the building, you know that this is a deep, deep structure. How about a bar that extends for almost the complete depth of the building!!!. There will be two glass-paned garage-style doors (one fills the front facade which is currently the door, the other, which is 22 feet in width, on the alley side) both can be opened during suitable weather, allowing an outside/inside experience!! But wait there's more;
|The Steampunk [Photo: Alpha Dominche]|
In addition Todd tells me there will be a customized cupping table, complete with hand cranked mechanism this will be part of a coffee lab for customers to investigate the art of coffee and coffee making.
|Pure Black is available at Whole Foods|
|Rum Distiller looks similar to this|
|Red or Blue its a super-cool Citroen Truck|
"In our cafes, first and foremost, the COFFEE and the CUSTOMER are the primary focus." Speaking with Todd and Greg today I have no doubts that this is something they believe and live by.
There's more to come about La Colombe, Todd and Greg - keep checking back
Construction update; The 2 windows and the 22' wide door in the side (alley-side) have been cleared of old concrete block and brick, opened up, for the first time in decades. The amount of light inside the structure is amazing.
The support beams above the alley-side door have been removed/replaced to allow the garage style, glass door to be installed.
|Support beams have been replaced and strengthened in preparation for the garage style glass door|
|Windows are now free of old concrete block & brick, filling the back of the structure with light|
|Repair of window brick surround of the windows continues, brick's will be pointed once window 'framing' is complete|
Work continues, be sure to check back for updates, often