Some DC coffee news

Great to see that DC multi-roaster The Coffee Bar reopened its 17th Street NW location. While TCB’s Shaw home base stayed open for the duration, the 17th Street shop closed for a significant stretch during the pandemic. The shop resumed operation in October, and hasn’t skipped a beat.

This nugget of wisdom was recently on their sidewalk chalkboard:

While that’s a wonderful development, there is also some very unfortunate DC coffee news.

Little Red Fox, a stalwart of the Upper Northwest neighborhood, will close for good on December 23. Its sibling two doors away, Sugar Fox, will also cease operations. Owners Matt and Jena Carr made the announcement on the LRF Instagram page a couple days ago, indicating that the closure was “in order to address complicated health issues and prioritize the well being of [their] family,” and not a business decision.

I’ll really miss this wonderful spot. It’s warm and welcoming, serves great coffee (from Portland’s Coava Coffee Roasters), and has tremendous food. Our family will mourn the breakfast burrito. Baked goods are the true stars here, including the best canelĂ© in town.

I stopped by the afternoon of the announcement, and customers were busy loading up on logo sweatshirts and the iconic tee (an entry in my initial holiday gift guide…. this year’s edition is coming soon). If you want to grab some LRF swag, you’d better hurry before all the good stuff is taken.

UPDATE 12/11: The tees are now sold out

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