Hill Talk: Pound Coffee Opens Hill Location

Posted March 7, 2011 at 4:58pm

The latest addition to the Capitol Hill neighborhood, Pound, has its soft opening this week. Through Sunday, the shop will serve drinks from 6:30 to 11 a.m.

Located at 621 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Pound the Hill will serve food starting Monday. Hours will be 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

The coffee shop and bistro also has a location in NoMa, at 1300 Second St. NE. The Nutella latte is a customer favorite, and the menu offers different cuisine daily.

Owner Karl Johnson said the NoMa shop is frequented by office workers in the area who come for coffee and lunch. Pound the Hill will aim for a neighborhood feel, with later hours and a dinner menu.

While other coffee shops are nearby, including Peregrine Espresso right around the corner, Johnson said he believes there’s a place for Pound.

“We’re unique in our food offerings,” he said.

Starting in two weeks, the shop will also deliver food to offices on the House side of the Capitol, he said.

An Itinerant Eye

The Library of Congress will host the symposium “Marvels of Roadside and Main Street America: the Itinerant Eye of John Margolies” on Wednesday. 

From 1972 to 2008, Margolies photographed streets around the United States, documenting the change in the country. The result was more than 13,000 images, all of which were given to the LOC for an archive.

The symposium will feature five speakers: Margolies; C. Ford Peatross, LOC director of architecture, design and engineering; Gabrielle Esperdy, architecture professor from the New Jersey Institute of Technology; author and journalist Phil Patton; and Gail Buckland of the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.

The free event is open to the public and no tickets are required. It will take place in the Mumford Room of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.