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People love Yang Market—the Eckington corner store sells sandwiches and has more five star ratings on Yelp than some fine dining restaurants. Starting Friday morning, the 70-year-old business under new ownership is adding two components that will make the bodega even better.
June Blanks of Junius Coffee is launching a coffee bar inside the market. It will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. The move marks Blanks’ first foray into both hot coffee and a brick and mortar location. She’s best known for her cold brew coffee available on draft at area restaurants, bars, and grocery stores including DC Brau, Chaplin’s, Dacha Beer Garden, and Odd Provisions.
Blanks will pour three varieties of organic fair trade coffees that range from light to dark roast. Those in need of caffeination can choose from drip coffee and pour-over coffee. “We’re going to keep it simple for now because it fits with what’s been successful at Yang Market—bringing the classics and showing people how great they are,” Blanks says. Junius Coffee cold brew will also be on tap at the market all year.
There’s a reason there’s a new dating site called Coffee Meets Bagel. The two are a match. Yang Market owners Pete and Lyndsi Sitcov tapped Adam Greenberg of the forthcoming restaurant Coconut Club (and formerly of Barcelona Wine Bar) to stock the market with flavored cream cheese and schmears like white fish salad to be liberally applied to bagels.
The week after next, Greenberg will start supplying Yang Market with prepared containers of “the food he grew up with,” like matzoh ball soup and latkes that will be available for grab-and-go.
Both Greenberg and Blanks have been producing out of Mess Hall, and they share a common affinity for what the Sitcovs are bringing to the age-old haunt.
“Yang’s is so fascinating,” Blanks says. “It’s very people based. They’re doing good things because they’re connecting with people and giving them quality.” She hopes to one day have a couple of larger coffee shops of her own.
Yang Market, 138 U St. NE; (202) 795-9778; facebook.com/yangmarketNE