Thursday, April 9, 2015

Maketto opens tomorrow w/ Vigilante coffee Frenchies Croissants, Durkl & Erik Bruner-Yang & you're going to want to be there

It's been a long time coming, but Maketto arrives in its permanent home with all its amazing parts and components tomorrow at 1351 H Street NE.  Maketto offers and array of shopping, eating, and drinking opportunities from its 7 am opening until its late night close.

Maketto is the first delivery from the Fundrise brainchild spawned by Ben and Dan Miller who also own the Autozone property and a few others buildings along H Street.  The project is in part funded through small investments from many neighborhood residents through Fundrise.

At the outset, Maketto was slated to combine the forces of Toki Underground's Chef-owner and rising culinary star Erik Bruner-Yang and the fashion offerings of stylish menswear brand Durkl.  If you've been to Toki Undergroud, you know Erik is an amazing chef and if you were lucky enough to visit the Maketto pop up at the Hanoi House a year or two back or have visited their stall at Union Market more recently, you have some sense of what his chef partner James Wozniuk and he are capable of and may offer at Maketto.  The duo produced some of the best meals we've had in recent years during the Maketto pop up at the Hanoi House and the various soups, sandwiches, and bao they've been putting out at Union Market since then have been terrific as well.

Maketto will also feature another neighborhood resident and small business owner in its coffee operations which come via Vigilante Coffee.  Chris Vigilante started running a small coffee roasting operation here and has grown from pop up cafes and Eastern Market weekend market offerings into a larger roasting and bean importing operation that also has another cafe in Hyattsville.  We haven't made it to the cafe roastery yet, but Vigilante's involvement at Maketto instantly puts their caffeinated offerings up there with DC's best coffee shops.

In an amazing development, Maketto will  also feature world class croissants from Frenchies DC.  Frenchies has been operating out of the H Street Freshfarm Farmers Market the past couple years and draws a tremendous crowd there, typically selling out of some of the finest croissants you'll find in the United States or elsewhere within minutes of the market's opening bell.  Between one of her croissants, one of Erik and James's char siu bao and a cup of coffee or a flat white from Chris and crew with Vigilante, you really can't start you're day much better.  Unless you're really gluttonous and want to swing by Bullfrog Bagels and Dangerously Delicious pies afterwards.  Seriously, has any block ever offered so much deliciousness to start the day?

Maketto opens tomorrow at 7 am.  We can't wait.

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