With a kitchen churning out biscuits and treats run by onetime Volunteer Park Cafe baker Heather Earnhardt, coffee expertise provided by Fuel’s Dani Cone and a location picked by Vita’s Mike McConnell, the debut of The Wandering Goose on 15th Ave E is the product of some deep Capitol Hill cafe love.
CHS stopped by a preview party over the weekend for these shots — and for a biscuit or three. Monday, October 1st, marks the cafe’s first day of business. The Goose will be open every day but
Tuesday WEDNESDAY!, 7a-4p. The menu is here.
We’ve documented the journey of the space from a “mystery” restaurant project that emerged way back in 2010 that would have brought a Vita to the street, to the emergence of a two-headed pairing of Earnhardt and restaurant entrepreneur Ethan Stowell, to Earnhardt’s crowdsourced efforts to fund her venture. Before that, the space was a long-time gift and homegoods store — Tilden was, you might remember, difficult for children… for 37 years. Long ago, Piggly Wiggly called the storefront home.
More 15th Ave E Before and After images from octopup.org
The snug Goose has been built as a 30-seat “Southern influence cafe” separated only by a “demising wall” of “vintage leaded glass” from Rione XIII. Sidewalk seating is in the plans — one would expect that should go easier on 15th Ave E than outdoor activity went at 17th and Galer.
Stowell’s adjacent Rione XIII opened a few weeks back and seems on track to help push forward continued changes and growth underway on 15th Ave E as even the street’s elder statesmen are upgrading their offerings. The arrival of the Goose will add to the bustle. With North Hill Bakery already long established, the Bagel Deli holding down the fort, and Liberty, Ladro, Victrola, and Starbucks ready to pull your shots, the addition of The Wandering Goose and its fully manual espresso machine means 15th Ave E is probably not a bad place to wake up in the morning. Especially when Coastal returns from its remodel around October 10th.
You can learn more at thewanderinggoose.com.