While reporting one of our feature stories in the September issue, I became pals with the owners and residents at Taylor Gourmet, the H St. NE deli we featured. David Mazza and Casey Patten did a proper renovation of their space, with their apartments up top and their top-drawer deli down below. We've kept in touch and just last week David sent me these images of their office, the only spot which hadn't gotten the full renovation treatment when I visited in March.
Though Mazza and Patten worked hard to get the deli downstairs and their apartments upstairs into working order, the office, which no one by the pair really see, was a lower priority. But as we can see, they've finished it up in the same exposed brick and raw shipping pallet aesthetic as the deli.
I remember visiting the office in March and thinking that the best detail was an old, mid-century light fixture. Neither knew who designed it, and claimed that it had been there when they bought the building from the bank. They liked the fixture but knew that the room had to change. "Don't worry," Mazza assured me, "we saved the old school light fixture."
He also had this exciting piece of news: "We just opened up our second location." Considering I stil dream of that chicken parm sandwich, residents of the District are well advised to head to the new shop at 485 K St. NW. To get a look at that, check out this story from the Washington City Paper.