At the beginning of October we reported that restaurateur Michael Landrum had signed a lease for the former T-Mobile space at City Vista. Today in his online chat Todd Kliman, the Washingtonian Dining editor, reports the early details on the concept Landrum plans to deliver to the space (Hat Tip: PoP).
I just this second hung up the phone with Michael Landrum, the iconoclastic restaurateur who operates Ray’s the Steaks and Ray’s Hell Burger. Landrum has big news on this chilly Election Day morning: an announcement of a new coffeehouse venture.
“Not only can I confirm that we signed a lease at City Vista, but we actually — believe it or not — have already begun construction on an urban bakeshop/cafe called RYSE, which is built to extend the impact that Ray’s the Steaks in East River has had in that community. It will be a modern streamlined mainstream coffeeshop with salads, fresh-made sandwiches, and possibly frozen yogurt. “The coffee will be from a local roaster. I want to make clear that we are not striving to be coffee elitists, but rather provide a well-made, locally roasted, high quality but still affordable cup of coffee.
The Kliman chat has a more details on the mission for the operating model of the bakeshop.
What do you think? I believe Landrum is also still making a strong play for the space on K Street between Mandu and the Gym entrance.