Thanks to a tip via Prince of Petworth, we learned that Columbia Heights Coffee is expanding. The coffee shop, located at 3416 11th St. NW, is a neighborhood favorite (free wi-fi, good service). So we decided to phone the owner this morning and get more details.

The shop’s owner Nadew Delnesaw says construction on the facade should begin in about four weeks. He still has to get permits for the interior construction. But the expansion should provide a huge increase in seating. The place currently has a capacity for 15 coffee lovers. The new space, he says, could provide seating for an additional 40.

The expansion will also provide room for a performance space, Delnesaw says, and room to show hard-to-find movies. The expansion will also mean a bigger breakfast menu and room to start roasting their own coffee on site. The owner hopes to do “customized roasting.”

Sounds like some serious upgrades.

Delnesaw says this is not in any way related to a certain big-box store opening: “We’re not competing with the Target.”