Nori Amaya, courtesy of Coppi's

A year ago today, Coppi’s co-0wner Nori Amaya was found dead in her 16th street apartment. Sadly, there are still no leads on her murder case. Nori was known as a passionate salsa dancer, lover of food and wine, and wonderful friend.

Last night, Coppi’s hosted a salsa vigil for Nori, which I regret I wasn’t able to post about ahead of time. It seems like it was an appropriate celebration of Nori’s life. There will also be a mass at St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church in Wheaton, MD tomorrow. My thoughts go out to her family and friends in this difficult time.

Sad news for U street today. NBC Washington is reporting that Coppi’s co-owner, Nori Amaya, was found dead in her apartment at 3636 16th street (MPD’s 3rd district listerv has information as well). Amaya was just 38, and while MPD does not have this information, NBC Washington claims that the police are investigating the death as a homicide. My thoughts go out to her family and friends.

UPDATE: NBC Washington’s article (link above) is now reporting that “Amaya’s death has been ruled a homicide. The cause of death was determined to be strangulation.” This seems to be unconfirmed by police as far as I can tell. So sad.

Flamenco at Coppi's

Flamenco at Coppi's

Now this sounds like fun! A few weeks ago I noticed Coppi’s had applied for an entertainment license, and then walking by the other night I saw that they’re now having flamenco dancing and Flamenca Rumba, gypsy music, on Sunday nights. Sounds like a good time, has anyone checked it out?

PS is it just me, I thought flamenco was more of a Spanish thing vs. an Italian?

Coppi's petition for an Entertainment Endorsement

Coppi's petition for an Entertainment Endorsement

Walking by Coppi’s the other day I saw that they’re applying for an “Entertainment Endorsement” license, which will mean the ability to have live music, DJs, and karaoke and operate until 2 am. Coppi’s is a small place so I’m not quite sure how having a DJ, per se, would work out.

I’m glad to see them extending their hours, the latest they’re open is 12 am on the weekends and 11 pm during the week. I’m guessing the extended hours would presumably mean they’d still be serving food that late too.  But, um, karaoke at Coppi’s? Could be awesome, could be a bit strange. I’m hoping they veer towards the live music side of the entertainment endorsement license rather than the karaoke/DJ side.