As Julia reported ages ago, WrapWorks in Dupont is no more. The replacement, an upscale coffeehouse and restaurant called Circa, opened its doors earlier this week. With WiFi, outdoor seating, an inviting wine bar with a WineKeeper fridge and hours from 5:30 a.m. until 1 or 2 a.m., Circa looks to offer something for everyone at practically anytime.
Last night, neighborhood residents stopped in off the street to check out the space and menu, many sharing enthusiasm about the prospect of a new hangout. Looking nothing like the previous occupant's casual takeout spot, Circa is posh and airy with tall ceilings, plush banquette seating and a long communal table. Power architects Adamstein & Demetriou leave a recognizable signature on this space, their vision of a European cafe. It lives up to that goal in attracting an eclectic crowd; laptop-toting students, a family with young children and a canoodling couple all fit into the comfortable vibe.
The restaurant is owned by the Greenberry's group, so the extensive coffee menu serves Greenberry's coffee, frozen coffee treats, smoothies and an array of pastries for those seeking a light bite. On the cocktail front, the house infuses vodkas with pineapple, mango and a mix of green apple and ginger to make specialty drinks.
The menu showcases upscale cafe fare with several thin-crust pizzas, sandwiches and a nice salad selection. New England seafood chowder, chili and yesterday's soup du jour of spicy chicken and vegetable would all pair well with a hearty Reuben. Larger entrees -- like the salmon au poivre -- hover in the $10-$20 range.
For those of us who are already looking to summer, Circa stocks five flavors of Dolcezza gelato, which I plan to take down to savor in Dupont Circle as often as weather permits. When weather doesn't permit, I look forward to enjoying it at Circa with coffee and WiFi.
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