Business Ins & Outs: Tacqueria, Cafe Ama, Starbucks & More

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Starbucks - 3122 M Street, NW. Photo by Steve Nichols.

COMING: TACQUERIA IN DEAN & DELUCA SPACE

District Bodega, a tacqueria serving fresh Mexican cuisine, is planning to move into the former D.C. home of Dean & DeLuca at 3276 M St. NW, with seating on part of the ground floor, the mezzanine level and outdoors. It will also sell sundries and household items found in bodegas. The Artists & Fleas multiple-vendor market, announced previously, will occupy the rest of the space. Maximum capacity, seated and standing, will be 100 inside and, in summer, 100 outside. The restaurant’s liquor license application was recently approved (with the customary protest) by the GeorgetownBurleith Advisory Neighborhood Commission.

IN: CAFE AMA – WITH MOTHER’S DAY SPECIAL

Angelique Sina recently opened Cafe Ama at 1101 30th St. NW, selling coffee from Puerto Rico. President of Friends of Puerto Rico, Sina is eager to get to know her neighbors. Here is her Mother’s Day special: “Mia Isabella is an 11-year-old student entrepreneur from Aibonito that designed Mother’s Day cards to inspire all of us that might not be able to hug our mothers on their day. Mia is a student from our SEEDS youth entrepreneurship program and she gains skills as a pathway out of poverty through our coffee. She has created a Mother’s Day edition with her cards and a Café Ama bag.” All sales will support the SEEDS program for women and children in Puerto Rico.

FILING FOR BANKRUPTCY: J.CREW, NEIMAN MARCUS

Preppy apparel chain J.Crew has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Under the terms of the filing, its main creditors are set to take control of the group in exchange for canceling debts of $1.65 billion, the BBC reported. J.Crew’s 500 stores are temporarily closed, but many may never reopen.

Prepping for bankruptcy protection, famed Dallas-based retailer Neiman Marcus has been forced to close its 43 locations, plus 24 Last Call and two Bergdorf Goodman stores, according to Reuters. Having furloughed thousands of employees, the 113-year-old company is working on the final phases of negotiating a loan with creditors.

OUT: STARBUCKS AT 3122 M

The Starbucks coffee shop at 3122 M St. NW has permanently closed (the HäagenDazs ice cream store remains open next door). Alternative locations: 3347 M St. NW, 1810 Wisconsin Ave. NW, on the Georgetown University campus and in the Georgetown Safeway.

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