The prospect of a combination coffee shop and bike store coming to the South East corner of Monroe Street Markets’s Artswalk is not a new concept to those following the development closely. When we first learned about the combo concept in April 2013, it made sense. For one, a stretch of the Met Branch Trail runs along side this location, and with Brookland Works/Artswalk having 27 art studios and 152 apartments right on the Metro, I can see a coffee shop doing a brisk business.
Yesterday we learned from a post on Eater DC that Filter coffeehouse may be the coffeehouse that seals the deal. If so, it would fall in line with the development’s approach of signing local DC businesses that are established, but not at all large chains. Filter has two other locations at Dupont Circle and Foggy Bottom. As for the bike shop component, the Bike Rack was mentioned as the potential partner in the deal. They currently have one location at 14th and Q NW, and are committed to building a strong biking community. Between these two great, small, DC homegrown businesses, what’s not to love? We will keep an eye on things as the lease has not been signed yet, but if all goes well, we may see these businesses as soon as this summer.