Modern Times Coffeehouse, located at Politics & Prose Bookstore, closed on February 28th 2015. The bookstore’s owners bought the operation and management rights from Javier Rivas. Modern Times’ staff and menu will remain the same for the immediate future. Service won’t be interrupted.
Modern Times Coffeehouse opened in Politics &
Prose in 2006, founded by Washingtonians Javier Rivas, Adam Hasler, and
Ryan Wisnor. Before that the Sirius Coffee Company operated the outlet.
In 2009, Rivas became sole proprietor. At that time the coffeehouse held
a lease with P&P owners Barbara Meade and Carla Cohen.
Rivas, Modern Times further developed a ‘third wave’ coffee program. It
offered a full food menu prepared in-house. The café also underwent a
renovation of its interiors, kitchen and seating area.
Meade sold the bookstore to Bradley Graham and Lisa Muscatine. The new
owners honored the existing lease through early 2014 and renewed it for
one year after that. Rivas will remain a management consultant for the
bookstore through 2015.
In the meantime, Rivas will focus on
building up La Mano Coffee Bar. Rivas and business partner Anna Petrillo
opened the café earlier last year. Petrillo had also previously worked
for Modern Times. La Mano is in the Takoma neighborhood of northwest
D.C. It specializes in espresso and single origin coffee service. The
café also offers baked goods produced in-house.
Rivas says: “For
three young dudes, Modern Times was a lesson in opening and operating a
coffeehouse. We knew that we were incredibly fortunate to set up
business in a space and community that nurtured our creativity and
allowed us to make some mistakes and learn from them as we grew. I am
eternally grateful to P&P for trusting us and hosting a flourishing
business. Nine years later, I’m taking the foundations of the success of
Modern Times and applying them to La Mano Coffee Bar. That means
dedication to quality ingredients, hiring and training highly motivated
staff. With the help of Anna Petrillo, we also want to cultivate
community and strong business partnerships in Takoma.”
offers exciting new challenges in my professional development. We
benefit from the focus and attention to detail necessary to operate in
such a tight space. It’s a true testament to the importance of working
with a tight crew, and using simple, good ingredients married with
elegant, efficient design. Takoma is the perfect place for La Mano and
for my family - I can’t think of a better place to raise my daughter.”
For more information, contact: Javier Rivas, firstname.lastname@example.org