New Bakeshop/Cafe for City Vista

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).

Kliman excerpt:

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.

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    washingtonydc says

    I’m very excited to have Landrum in the neighborhood but I do feel a bit weary of having him compete with Chinatown Coffee Company, which I really do love and very much enjoy my time spent there. Hopefully the two establishments are different enough to not directly compete for my time and money.

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    muckraker says

    I would be really happy for some nice baked goods. There has been a sad lack of quality baked goods since Marvelous Market left Chinatown.

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    I am not a neighborhood resident, but I work across from Chinatown Coffee, and I think it’s pretty safe to say that a new coffeeshop in CityVista will have minimal impact on the weekday (read: nearby office workers) traffic at C.C., as the 3 block walk is largely prohibitive (and it’s also not directly on the H street drag east from Gallery Place Metro, which is where a decent amount of Chinatown’s walkup traffic seems to come from).

    It sounds a bit like this Landrum concept is more akin to a Marvelous Market (or even the old Mayorga at the Tivoli in Columbia Heights) than the high-end coffee market that Chinatown grabs.

    Whether there’s an impact on the weekend could be different, but it seems like with about 3-5,000 condo and apartment units between the two locations, that there should be enough business to go around.

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    KP says

    This is great news, and I agree with the last two comments. I am hoping they have a little more than just sandwiches/salads/frozen yogurt. Any timeline on when it might open?