City Paper is not for tourists
A tavern is moving into the long-vacant storefront a few doors down from the Takoma Metro station.
Mona and Valentine Davies, the husband-and-wife team that operates the Culture Shop next door to the vacant locale, are teaming up with the owner of the liquor store across the street to open the Cedar Crossing Tavern and Wine Bar this summer.
The place may provide some competition to the Takoma Station Tavern, the jazz joint down the street, which, for years, has had a monopoly on nocturnal cultural offerings in the Takoma nabe.
But there is no news on whether the new bar will live up to the Culture Shop’s ethical standards. The shop, described as “a fair trade retail boutique,” specializes in “ethically sourced” clothing, gifts, coffees, and other merchandise. Their partner, Sarbjit “Mr. Singh” Kochhar, who operates S&S Liquors, runs the average city liquor store; he sells beer, wine, the hard stuff at the usual markup and with no givebacks to, say, save the pandas or free child laborers toiling in Côte d’Ivoire cocoa plantations.