Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Big Chair Cafe once again open for business.

Monday night and open for business
After a brief hiatus it looks like the space we have come to know as "Big Chair Coffee" then "Big Chair Coffee Cafe Bar & Grill" (now that's a mouthful) is back and open for business. Last week I noticed the lights were on, the curtains pulled back, and customers perched on their bar stools.  I gave it a few days and the occupancy continued so I think it is safe to safe. "Big Chair is back!"

No idea if the space is still being called "Big Chair Cafe Bar & Grill" but I am pretty sure that the space is being managed by the original owners -- the folks that first started Big Chair Coffee.

As soon as know more of course I will share it here.

As an aside, I would like to point out that Ward 8 still does not have a single coffee shop. That will change when NURISH Food & Drink opens soon in the Anacostia Arts Center. Still, you would think that it would be shocking that in the Nation's Capital, in a ward of approximately 73,000 people we don't have even one coffee shop. To be honest, Ward 8 doesn't have a lot of things.

Although Ward 8 has been used to solve some of D.C.'s more "unsightly" problems, we don't really see Ward 8's problems being considered D.C.'s problems. If so, Ward 7 and Ward 8 wouldn't lag so far behind the rest of the city when it comes to jobs, retail, and economic development.

And I don't see a "Coming Soon" sign appearing on those issues anytime soon.

Side Note:  I was talking to a DC government employee the other day and they were sharing how their office reads CHotR regularly because it gives them insight on what is going on east of the river. Particularly their colleagues appreciated the attention that I was focusing on the highs and lows of life in Ward 8. That being said, they also pointed out that I "wouldn't have a chance in hell" of ever being hired by the DC government. Seems I've put too many DC agencies "on blast" by highlighting the shortfalls of service and attention when it comes to east of the river. I know "Meter-gate"  will live on in infamy long after I am gone.

I think that is a very accurate assessment of the situation. I know "Meter-gate" will live on in infamy long after I am gone. :)

Despite my years living and working in Ward 8, advocating for better conditions and options for east of the river I know it has come at a personal cost -- but I don't think I would have it any other way. I only join a long line of other esteemed community advocates who laid it on the line. Not such bad company if you ask me.

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h st ll said...

Nice. Gonna have to eat there this week.

h st ll said...

Ate their this afternoon. Recognized some of the same staff. They still have some kinks to work out though...

Food was tasty
and the liquor license is back!

Proud Momma said...

I think we need a "surge" of businesses to open at one time to really get the foot traffic on the main streets (particularly at night) and take of some the hesitations away from prospective business owners.

By the way, is Eat, Shop, Live Anacostia coming back?