There's some truly sad news out of Dupont Circle this morning with the announcement that Yola is closing on September 28. The beloved coffee shop — which set itself apart from the froyo trend when it opened almost two years ago by offering regular yogurt parfaits alongside a solid coffee program — didn't offer much by way of explanation in its Facebook announcement, but did note that another tenant is already lined up:
We are confident that you will enjoy the concept that will move into our space and feel deeply grateful to them for making this transition smooth. They share our commitment to high quality and socially conscious food.
Fortunately, there's still until September 28 to say your goodbyes to Yola, which is currently fielding all the public mourning on Twitter and stresses that it "will be working hard to ensure that we go out with a bang, continue to provide excellent service, and find wonderful jobs for all of our employees." The Facebook note encourages folks in the industry to snap up these employees while you still can. Here's the full announcement.
Dear Yola Fans,
As you may have noticed, we made the difficult decision to close our doors on September 28th. There is not any one cause that influenced our decision to close, but we want to be clear that we remain wholehearted believers in green businesses and feel confident that businesses that stick to their morals can thrive in the right environment. We are confident that you will enjoy the concept that will move into our space and feel deeply grateful to them for making this transition smooth. They share our commitment to high quality and socially conscious food.
We would really like to thank you all, not just as loyal customers (we are deeply humbled by the number of people we saw every day), but also for being kind, generous, and making our days brighter. We met so many amazing people along the way and we feel grateful for your friendship.
Some of you may be wondering where we will go from here. David will return his attention full time to commercial real estate and Laura is not sure what she will do but is ready for a vacation! For the next month, we will be working hard to ensure that we go out with a bang, continue to provide excellent service, and find wonderful jobs for all of our employees. We were extremely lucky to have a staff of bright, committed, and kind individuals who worked extremely hard for us, so now it's our turn to return the favor. If you would like to get in touch with an employee about employment, feel free to speak to them directly at some point over the next 30 days or to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for making Yola a special place. We will miss you, so keep in touch!
Laura, David, and the rest of the Yola team
Yola [Photo: Maria S./Yelp]