Between what U Street Cafe is tweeting and MPD’s Third District daily crime report (scroll down to the fourth to last entry), we can cobble together some information about what happened Sunday morning. U Street Cafe was robbed before they opened, according to MPD a little after 5 am. They identify the method as “2,” classifying it as a 2nd Degree Burglary, meaning the burglar was not in contact with the victim. I’m not sure what this means but I hope everyone at U Street Cafe is doing well and that MPD can catch the burglar.

UPDATE: Not surprisingly, Sommer Mathis from TBD was able to the leg-work reporting on this. A suspect or suspects entered through the back entrance and stole $200 from the cash register. They may have had a key, as there was no evidence of forced entry. Nothing else was taken.

Though I have to take exception on her characterization of the 1300 block of U Street as “no stranger to crime” based on one other robbery 2 years ago.

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Mural at U Street Cafe

Mural at U Street Cafe

Not sure how recently this was painted, but I couldn’t help  admire this cool mural on the wall inside U Street Cafe. It’s a nice streetscape of U street with some of the famous people that helped make it Black Broadway back in the day. I might be warming up a bit to U Street Cafe since it opened, but even though it’s more of a walk, I’m still in love with Mid City Caffe.

U Street Cafe

U Street Cafe

This morning I made my first stop at U Street Cafe to have breakfast before heading over to the farmers market. The prices are definitely a bit more expensive than Mocha Hut, and the look and atmosphere has changed. While I saw Mocha Hut as a funky, relaxed coffee shop, U Street Cafe has more of a corporate, sleek feel. Not that it’s bad, it just doesn’t have that neighborhood coffee shop like feel. At around 10 am it was pretty empty, while Mocha Hut was usually pretty crowded by that point. I don’t know if they offer free WiFi still, but they didn’t advertise it nor did I see any one on their computers. May I also say, the faces at the cafe were mostly of one color, while before I felt Mocha Hut was more representative of the U Street corridor, multiracial and vibrant.

Now, onto the food: we ordered some coffee and a sausage, egg, and cheese on a croissant and a strawberry waffle. The food came out pretty promptly and was good. It wasn’t spectacular but that’s not what I was expecting. The food was comparable to the food at Mocha Hut except it’s more expensive.

Strawberry Waffle

Strawberry Waffle

And on the menu, more diversity but also alcohol. U Street Cafe has what seems to be a full liquor license: they were offering beer, wine, and cocktails. I think that’s a nice other option to stop in there for a drink instead of a crowded bar on a week night.

Check out my Flickr photostream to see more photos, including the full menu offerings and prices.

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