The interior work is mostly finished at the former liquor store location, which now boasts a new neon sign on the exterior as well as a mural that wraps around the side of the building.
Owner Chris Vigilante said that the menu at the new location is not entirely finalized, but there’s one big addition: Julia’s Empanadas.
D.C.’s first carryout to sell empanadas, Julia’s has been in business for more than 20 years, with three locations now in Adams Morgan, Dupont Circle and Georgia Avenue. It also offers empanadas at Killer ESP, a coffeeshop in Old Town Alexandria.
Open until 4 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, Julia’s has long been a popular late-night (or technically early morning) snack for the bar crowd in D.C. (It was once named the best late-night food in D.C. by Thrillist.)
The hearty empanadas will probably serve a very different function as a filling snack for University of Maryland students on the go at Vigilante in College Park, which will be more of a carryout coffee shop than its more leisurely Hyattsville location.
Vigilante will sell Julia’s Empanadas at both its Hyattsville and College Park locations.
Along the Route 1 corridor, Cafe Azul in Hyattsville’s Art District also sells empanadas.