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RĀKO Coffee Roasters Opens a Clarendon Cafe This Weekend

Plus, Gordon Ramsay will bring fish and chips to Penn Quarter

Photo:  Drago Tomianovic

Virginia’s women-owned RĀKO Coffee Roasters will open their first brick-and-mortar location on Saturday, August 28, in Clarendon. The day-to-night cafe (2016 Wilson Boulevard) will serve the hand-roasted, single-origin specialty coffees that RĀKO’s known for, as well as fun coffee drinks like lavender lattes, ginger rosemary lattes, and a “Coco Spritz.”

The outpost’s decor includes floral wallpaper and plush velvet booths, and sisters Lisa and Melissa Gerben plan to serve natural wines, cocktails like espresso martinis and coffee Negronis, and seasonal dishes as well as morning brews.

“Stop in and stay awhile while you work during the day or bring friends (or a date) and converse over wine flights and cheese boards on our outdoor patio at night,” the sisters wrote in an Instagram post about the new location. Another RĀKO outpost is already in the works for 14th Street, with a cafe at Logan Circle’s soon-to-be-renovated Studio Theatre.

Stop by during the Clarendon opening this weekend and get a deal on drinks: RĀKO will offer $1 coffees from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, while specially priced natural wines will be available all day until 9 p.m. On Sunday, coffee drinks will be just $1 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A lavender latte from RĀKO Coffee Roasters
Photo:  Drago Tomianovic

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