First-time restaurateur Elisa Bennaton now plans to open her combination coffee shop and wine bar, the Ministry DC, in late June.
The all-day drinking spot first popped up on Eater’s radar last summer, and Bennaton has been working to make her dream come true ever since. She says the neighborhood gathering place (601 New Jersey Avenue) should be serving gourmet coffee and select wines within the coming month. She declined to share specifics about the opening menu or her culinary team, but did volunteer that customers should expect to find “internationally inspired baked goods, fancy toasts, small plates, and sharing platters.”
Bennaton is also building towards the future by starting an online fundraising campaign to cover the costs of wish list items including an outdoor patio. She notes, however, that the Ministry will open regardless of the outcome of the crowdfunding effort.
She has already begun the hiring process and is looking forward to assembling a team that “will set us apart from other coffee/wine locations.”