Sunday, February 10, 2013
Sova Closing/Changing Ownership
I received the note below, from Frank Hankins of Sova, earlier tonight. Sova succeeded R & B Coffee at the 1359 H Street location several years ago. Since that time Sova has served as a central check-in point for the eastern end of the neighborhood. That is the traditional role of coffee shops on such corridors. They are not only a gathering place for local residents, but also a first stop for those considering opening a business along the H Street Corridor. Coffee shops are incubators of sorts. Sova fulfilled these traditional roles, but also ventured into the cocktail bar scene, offering libations both familiar, and previously uncharted.
Dear customers, friends & neighbors,
After 5 plus years in business, SOVA will cease operations after close of business next Sunday, the 17th. There will be an ownership change, and I'm certain other changes with be forthcoming. Between me and the new ownership, we'll try to make the transition as seamless as possible. Customers will still see the same faces behind the coffee bar, and the bar upstairs will be closed for a short time while licensing issues get resolved.
We had some great times, but there were also some very difficult times over the last 6 plus years since I moved into the space. In a nutshell, we opened when H St wasn't hip at all. Running a business 7 days a week, morning, noon, and night took its toll financially and otherwise until we could grow a sustainable customer base, and it's still developing. I wish the new ownership well, and I hope the neighborhood gets what they want. I was very proud to be one of the first newer businesses to open on H St, but I paid the price for getting here early. Especially having to deal with the 3 plus years of construction on the street.
Most importantly, I'm going to miss all the great people that became good friends. Thank you for your support over the years.
You stay classy, H St. I'm out!