NURISH Food + Drink



Hooray! This project was successfully funded on September 24, 2013.

Join us in opening a new café in Historic Anacostia!


We're seeking funds to open a new café in the fall of 2013 housed in the Anacostia Arts Center. The café will serve quality coffee drinks, beer & wine, healthy, fresh sandwiches, salads, charcuterie plates, and pastries to patrons of the arts center as well as provide a space for on-the-job training and culinary spotlights for members of the NURISH food incubator program.

Specifically, we need funding to purchase the following items:

  • An espresso machine
  • Drip coffee brewers
  • Beer refrigerators
  • Worktop refrigerators
  • Cafe furniture

The café will be an extension of the nonprofit, NURISH: The Center for a Creative Culinary Economy, which previously brought you StartUp Kitchen. It will be run by Kera Carpenter, founder of NURISH and longtime owner of Domku Bar and Cafe in Petworth (8 years and running!).


The Anacostia Arts Center is a 9300 sq ft space that includes the Black Box Theater, five galleries & boutiques, a short-term gallery called Blank Space SE, the NURISH café, and an 800 sq ft lounge area.

It is a project of the ARCH Development Corporation, a nonprofit dedicated to creating a home for small businesses, artists, arts and cultural organizations to fulfill its commitment to the revitalization and sustainable economic development of Historic Anacostia.

It is also home to the DC Hive, a creative and shared workspace for freelancers, satellite offices, and small businesses and hosts events of the ongoing Lumen8Anacostia summer festival.


raised of $15,000 goal

$10,000 overflow (what's this?)

0 days

left to fund

3 years

loan repayment term

// Repayment Progress

Repayment Date Amount
December 24, 2013$1254.17
March 24, 2014$1254.17
June 24, 2014$1254.17
October 01, 2014$1254.17
December 24, 2014$1254.17
March 24, 2015$1254.17
June 24, 2015$1254.17
September 24, 2015$1254.17
January 09, 2016$5016.64
Total Repaid $15050.00
Balance Remaining $0.00

Loans are repaid to Funders on a quarterly basis (unless businesses choose to repay them faster).

This loan is expected to be repaid in full on or before Sep 23, 2016.

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// Project Affiliated With

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Think Local First DC
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// Community Rewards

If the café receives its fundraising goal, the café will contribute 15% of its profits to its parent nonprofit, NURISH: The Center for a Creative Culinary Economy, which will operate an entrepreneurial training program for young adults in Anacostia who have a passion for the food business.

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