Recently refurbished Levantine restaurant To the is about to open a neighborhood cafe in its Dupont Circle space, according to a representative. Starting Monday, September 13, a dedicated part of the first floor of 1320 19th Street NW will sell pastries, teas and coffees showcasing traditional ingredients from Turkey and neighboring countries in the Eastern Mediterranean.
The cafÃ© section, called Ala Coffee and More, will operate weekdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. For its opening day, the opening hours will be from 8 a.m. until the restaurant closes. To celebrate its opening month, customers can grab free filter coffee until the end of September.
Caffeinated concoctions designed to draw a daytime crowd to the neighborhood include filter coffee, espresso, Turkish coffee, and additions like cardamom, lavender, and rose hips. The tea can also be flavored with ingredients from the Levant like orange blossom and elderflower.
The croissants will come filled with labneh and sprinkled with za’atar or stuffed with halva (sesame candy) and garnished with cumin. There will also be a maple and tahini walnut scone. Customers can also look for grab-and-go lunch staples like dips, spreads, and smoked mackerel sandwiches.
Homemade sodas include sumac and pomegranate hibiscus lemonades. A pantry section will sell Turkish spices, coffee and tea, cheese and olives. Wine, beer and cocktail sachets will also be available for purchase.
Ala, which opened in March as part of the ownership group that operated Turkish go-to Ankara in the same space, offers a range of regional specialties from hot and cold meze, grilled dishes, raki cocktails, rare Palestinian wines and a $ 39 weekend brunch. The name comes from a Turkish saying which translates to a mixture of all colors.
Levantine’s new image for Ala and the debut of an adjoining daytime cafe seem to follow the success of Albi and Yellow, Chef Michael Rafidi’s successful fine-dining restaurant and a more casual, all-day spot at Navy Yard. .