No one seems more eager for development in Shaw than Michael Haft and Harrison Suarez, co-owners of Compass Coffee. “We’re tired of all these abandoned buildings on our block,” says Haft. “Anytime someone comes in here and says hey, I’m thinking about opening up a restaurant I say, I know a spot for you!” With a stream of recent announcements about chefs opening outposts in Shaw, the neighborhood feels on the verge of a major change.
Haft and Suarez also announced plans for a new cafe not too far away, as well as a massive warehouse in Ivy City. Despite the empty buildings in the neighborhood, the pair of 28-year-olds already outgrew their current space on 7th Street. The former marines just recently opened the cafe in November 2014, but their own roasting machine supplying house blend to city restaurants and bakeries truly sets them apart from the competition.
What should area caffeine addicts expect of the new spaces?
Continuing reading the original article about Compass Coffee’s two new locations on Eater DC, published on May 22, 2015.