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Vigilante Coffee Co. plots expansion with retail store at Maketto and roasting facility

Vigilante Coffee Co.

The owner of Vigilante Coffee Co. is eyeing an expansion that includes the company's first retail store, a full-scale roasting facility and training lab and a plan to take its java to Baltimore.
The highly anticipated Asian food and retail market on H Street known as Maketto will house Vigilante by this summer, Christopher Vigilante says. Vigilante will take up between 1,200 and 1,500 square feet of the market and will roast its beans on site. Maketto will also house Erik Bruner-Yang’s Asian market and restaurant and Will Sharp’s Durkl clothing line. The building’s opening date has been pushed back a few times due to weather issues and permit delays, but Maketto could open as early as this spring but hopefully no later than August, Vigilante says.
Vigilante will serve coffees that are sourced directly from Cambodia, Puerto Rico and Hawaii. He says he is also in talks with a D.C. baker but can’t divulge the partner just yet. His long-term goal for Vigilante is to set up a full-scale roasting, production and training lab once he is established.
Vigilante is currently serving its brews at a pop-up space at Gallery Place. In a few months, it will start serving its brews in Baltimore at a new coffee food truck called the Lucky Cup. In April, Vigilante will be one of about a dozen food retailers and foodpreneurs on display at the two-day food market the Emporiyum.
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