Big Chair Coffee Not Quite Dead, Just Resting
Reports of Big Chair Coffee's demise may have been exaggerated. Neighborhood blog And Now, Anacostia on Tuesday published an obit for the long under-served area's first stand-alone coffee shop. That death notice has since been retracted: "Big Chair is NOT ACTUALLY CLOSED. Sources were mistaken. However, they are still actively looking for a buyer, and this revelation does not explain why they were closed all last week..."
The place was closed this morning, too, when I stopped by around 10:15 a.m. The door was locked; "closed" sign posted. I thought I saw someone inside as I pulled up to park but the figure disappeared as soon as I approached the front door.
Whether or not Big Chair is shuttered for good, the seemingly persistent hours of non-operation nonetheless means that Anacostia residents generally still have to cross the bridge to get a cup of coffee.
Photo by Chris Shott