Dooby's, the long-awaited Mount Vernon cafe, will be opening soon, says Phil Han, the Gilman alumnus whose childhood nickname is now plastered on the Park Plaza building. The site has been without a restaurant tenant since the early-morning fire in December 2010 that effectively closed the building.
Han said the cafe, which was originally scheduled for a spring opening, will now open around Labor Day. But Mount Vernon residents won't have to wait that long for a sip of Dooby's espresso or taste of its pastries and sandwiches.
The Hatch will introduce Dooby's coffee program and a sampling of the food that will be served in the cafe.
Think pastries like pancetta Gruyere scones, blueberry muffins with passion fruit glaze. and "toast & jam," a duck-fat brioche with orange-blossom butter and berry jam; sourdough sandwiches with Cambodian chicken salad or tomato, mozzarella and pesto, and snacks like pho-spiced peanut brittle.
Once Dooby's occupies its permanent home on the ground-level space, The Hatch will become an incubator space for outside entrepreneurs, kind of a permanent "pop-up space," with a new concept rolling in every few months or so for a tryout.
The Hatch will open at 7 a.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. weekends. The entrance is at 4 W. Madison St. For information, call 410-702-5144 or go to doobyscoffee.com.