To go along with its new pasta boutique, hot dog store and burgeoning restaurant scene, Germantown is getting a new coffee shop. Kat Roos has begun construction on a 600-sq.-ft. space in the ground floor of the Summer Street Lofts, where she will launch DrinkHaus Espresso & Tea later this summer.
Roos and her husband purchased the tiny apartment a year ago when it was a residence. In the meantime, the homeowners' association of the Summer Street Lofts voted to allow commercial enterprise throughout the development. (As far as Metro was concerned, the building was already zoned for mixed-use development.) So far, Roos, who lives in the nearby Morgan Park development, is the first property owner to take advantage of the zoning change.
DrinkHaus will offer Batdorf & Bronson coffee, organic teas from The Art of Tea and local Bravo Gelato. Roos will produce a few pastries in house and will bring in others from Sydney Trading Company, including a vegetarian panini with fig jam made by STC's queen of tarts, Sydney Garrett-Hayes.
Located at 500 Madison St. #103, across from Germantown Cafe, DrinkHaus is now accepting applications for baristas.