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Erik Bruner-Yang Is Opening a New Cafe in a Navy Yard Apartment Complex

The chef-owner behind Maketto and Brothers and Sisters will have a presence in Southeast

Erik Bruner-Yang stands in the space for ABC Pony.
Erik Bruner-Yang stands in the new cafe coming to the Novel
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One of the leaders of D.C.’s thriving Southeast Asian food scene expects to open a new all-day cafe in Southeast by the end of the summer.

Erik Bruner-Yang — the Toki Underground founder who brought the city Taiwanese fried chicken at Maketto and, more recently, tachinomiya-style dinners at Spoken English and a West-meets-East menu at Brothers and Sisters inside the Line hotel — will open a place centered on craft coffee and cocktails inside a luxury apartment building called the Novel South Capitol. The complex is located at the corner of South Capitol Street SE and Eye Street SE, about half a mile from the Navy Yard Metro station.

According to an announcement by the Novel, the first-floor cafe will cover 3,000 square feet and will serve breakfast dishes and snacks to go with the drinks. Washingtonian reports the unnamed-for-now cafe will open in August. Eater has reached out to Bruner-Yang for more details.

Just a few blocks from the Novel on Eye Street, Slipstream slings single-origin coffee and mixed drinks. The South Capitol Hill Whole Foods that opened in the neighborhood last year houses the first location of Kwame Onwuachi’s Philly Wing Fry counter.

Navy Yard recently welcomed a new Dacha beer garden with a massive interior bar and restaurant. Later this year, the neighborhood will get Hatoba, a new ramen shop from Daikaya Group, and Albi, the anticipated Middle Eastern restaurant from former Arroz and Requin chef Michael Rafidi.

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