Back in February, we wrote about Optimism bar/lounge reopening as a coffeehouse with live jazz. Yesterday the location opened its doors for a soft opening under the new name Serendipity Jazz Coffeehouse.
We spoke at length with long-time Brookland resident and Serendipity owner Jesse Brown. He said that the new concept is starting off on a very low-key note, at first just offering a selection of coffees. teas, pastries and muffins. This isn’t the first time he has tried this concept, Jesse owned the Cup of Dreams coffee bar from 1997 – 2001 at the location now occupied by Askale Cafe at 12th and Otis. Soon they will offer sandwiches and eventually beer, wine and liquor. At some point live jazz and blues, and a more extensive menu will follow as well. In addition to the concept change, Jesse has made some nice renovations that have transformed the space from adult lounge to comfy coffeehouse. As you can see from the photos, he has added a lot of wood paneling, along the walls and the bar, as well as new modern ceiling fans, new seating and larger, updated bathrooms.
The old Optimism signage has been taken down and Jesse expects to add signage soon to reflect the new Serendipity logo and name. For now the operating hours will be roughly 6:00 am -midnight, though that, and other details will be tweaked as they collect and react to feedback from patrons. Serendipity Jazz Coffeehouse is located at 3301 12th Street NE (at the corner of Kearney St).