The Hoof Cafe Coming Soon to Locust Point

| April 12, 2018 | 1 Comments

The Hoof Cafe will be opening in May at 1648 E. Fort Ave. in Locust Point. The approximately 600 sq. ft. space is the former home of EarthShake, which is relocating its Locust Point location to 1442 E. Fort Ave. It was also the longtime home of Star’s Confectionery.

The Hoof is a partnership between Rebecca Friedman, Jason Schiavone, and a silent partner. Schiavone purchased and renovated the three-story building in recent years.

The Hoof will be a coffee shop serving beans roasted at Locust Point’s Pfefferkorn’s Coffee, which has been in the neighborhood for more than 100 years. It will also serve foods such as bagels, pastries, oatmeals, and nut butters from Baltimore vendors.

“We wanted The Hoof be as local as possible,” said Friedman.

According to Friedman, the space has a “great kitchen” in the back which will allow them to expand the food offerings in the future if needed. It will also allow them to host food pop-ups.

Coffee drinks at The Hoof will include a large selection of coffee and espresso drinks, with mixers such as milk, soy milk, almond milk, and other alternatives. The Hoof will also sell cold brew, a selection of homemade iced teas, and bottled beverages.

All three owners live in Locust Point. Friedman told that she always wanted to see a coffee shop in her neighborhood. She used to joke that if the storefront at 1648 E. Fort Ave. ever became available again, she would fill the void herself. It did become available, and she soon became serious about the idea after speaking with Schiavone.

The Hoof name came to be when a friend was checking out their new space and said, “I’m going to hoof it over there.” The owners love pigs, and the silent partner’s nickname is “moose.” At that point they decided the name had to be The Hoof Cafe.

The team loves the location because it’s across the street from Latrobe Park, which hosts morning soccer leagues, has popular amenities such as the dog park, and can accommodate more parking than most parts of Locust Point. They also like that it is on the way for tourists visiting Fort McHenry and near I-95 for morning commuters.

The Hoof will have a small bar, two-top tables, and a couch. “We want it to be homey to appeal to those who work from home,” said Friedman.

She said The Hoof will have a mid-century modern feel and it will have a hide rug to go with the hoof theme. It will also have free WiFi.

A manager has been hired for The Hoof and it will also employ a couple part-time employees.

The Hoof will be open every day from 630am to 330pm, though the team is looking at expanding the hours on the weekend.

“We are really excited to be a part of the neighborhood and to open soon,” said Friedman.

Photo courtesy of The Hoof Cafe Facebook page

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