City Paper is not for tourists
Before it was a budding Adams Morgan eatery, sPACYcLOUd was an fashion label established in 2012 that primarily sold apparel to the extreme sports crowd.
According to its website, “sPACYcLOUd was created with the guy in mind who chooses to maneuver his own way through life with a ‘Skate or Die’ attitude, and loves to show off; as well as that chic lady who lives by the rhythm of her own conga drum and wants to show off her well traveled, worldly, stylish fashion influence.”
The restaurant from Kyla Hill and Tatiana Kolina has the same hang-loose attitude. After the grand opening on Aug. 4, customers will be able to crack open a coconut or sip on a kombucha cocktail paired with plant-based cuisine largely inspired by Filipino flavors.
Chef Nino Almazon, who is Filipino, is creating the menu for sPACYcLOUd. “He’s a professional skateboarder as well as a chef, so it fits into what the brand started out as and what it’s evolved into now,” Hill explains. Almazon has cooked down the street at Lucky Buns. The menu will have gluten-free, nut-free, and soy-free options, as well as a few dishes for diners who eat meat.
“One thing we’re looking to incorporate is late night offerings,” Hill says. “There’s not too many spots that have vegan cuisine that are open after midnight … We’re going to try to offer late night selections until 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.”
The restaurant plans to keep the spirit of the former tenant, Cuba Cuba, alive by having a Cuba night once a month and serving a few Cuban-inspired dishes and Cuban coffee.
Hill and Kolina are focused on wellness, sustainability, and supporting female entrepreneurs. In addition to incorporating hemp seeds into Almazon’s cooking, sPACYcLOUd will utilize hemp aprons and hemp napkins, for example.
“We want people to know that we are a restaurant first,” Hill says. “But we also encourage women’s empowerment and those who support women … We’re very open to working with other entrepreneurs.”
sPACYcLOUd is currently open Tuesdays through Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.; and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. A limited menu of pastries, local tea, and other non-alcoholic drinks is available on the first floor, which is decorated with colorful skateboards, an homage to the original brand. Hill says they hope to have their liquor license by mid-August.
The restaurant is planning a full day of entertainment, samples, and activities for its grand opening on Aug. 4. Visit from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
sPACYcLOUd, 2309 18th St. NW; spacycloud.com