Optimism Lounge Reopens As Serendipity Jazz Coffeehouse With Soft Launch

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).

6 thoughts on “Optimism Lounge Reopens As Serendipity Jazz Coffeehouse With Soft Launch”

  1. I’m here at Serendipity talking with Jesse waiting on today’s special Mary’s Curry chicken and rice and cabbage to take to go enjoying some good jazz and great cup of coffee. They do have a full lunch and dinner menu along with muffins, breakfast sandwiches and coffee and a full bar.

    Jesse has really combined the best of both worlds from his Cup of Dreams days and from Optimism.

    And starting THIS SUNDAY (JUNE 7TH) Serendipity will be doing a jazz brunch from 10 am to 4 pm.

    Let’s support this great neighborhood business!!!!

  2. Hello Jesse, it’s Orlando the guitarist. I would like to stop by tomorrow to audition. It would give you an idea of what I have to offer if thats fine with you. Around 11:00 I believe you mentioned.

  3. I had the pleasure of dinning at Serendipity for my Birthday. I was invited by two of my very special friends (Tom and Donna). The Service was superior, the food was awesome, and the Jazz Combo entertainment was GREAT! I will be coming back very soon.

  4. Just heard about this nice nearby social site by my daughter last night after my regular Tues spot was closed. Owner Mr. Brown, Toni bartender nice personnel and friendly “Cheers” type patrons were welcoming after days stuck inside with snow blizzard. I enjoy supporting black owned nice mature businesses and look forward to Jazz sets Wednesday’s, Friday’s and Saturdays.

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