The Union Market District continues its commitment to nurturing burgeoning local businesses with the arrival of The Village Cafe.
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When founders and Washington natives Kevon King, Mahammad Mangum and Ryan Williams met as kids, they bonded at Woodrow Wilson High School, where they pursued their passions in the business, creative and culinary fields, respectively.
Recognizing that cafés are the ultimate social gathering place, the trio embarked upon opening their own establishment that would not only bring quality food and drink to under-served communities, but that would also uplift the “village” that make those communities tick.
The founders envision The Village Cafe as more than just a business. The Cafe will create social and economic opportunities through food, entrepreneurship and creative innovation with local entrepreneurs, artists, makers and businesses, including Southeastern Roastery, The Village Cafe’s official coffee partner. In addition to the local roast, The Village Cafe will also serve sandwiches, pastries and eventually, handcrafted cocktails, wine and beer.
In keeping with the spirit of uplifting their “village” and developing a new one with partners near and within Union Market, the founders’ plans for future programming at the Cafe include:
- Sign language classes with Gallaudet University
- “Village Talks,” including healthy eating panel discussions
- Children’s story time with Politics and Prose
- Career skills workshops + “coffee culture” training
- Partner highlight podcast
- Wilson High School alumni panel
The Village Cafe will be open Sunday and Monday, 8:00am-6:00pm and Tuesday-Saturday, 8:00am-8:00pm.
The Village Cafe. 1272 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20002.