The long-vacant storefront at 708 Washington Avenue will house a nouvelle-Moroccan coffee shop and wine-focused restaurant by September or October if the new tenant's plans come to fruition.
The planned name is Kimia - an Old Persian (pre-Arabian) word for "elixir" - an alchemic reference to the quest to create a fabled age-preventative potion from precious metals. Sounds like a nice change from the spate of new Jamaican and island restaurants; hopefully there will be enough adventurous eaters to keep the tables filled in the small space.
The owner promises to avoid Moroccan stereotypes like cous cous, focusing on lighter, healthier options like quinoa dishes - and more on wines than beers. Mornings will feature coffees, morphing into wine-bar / restaurant mode in the evening. Looking forward to one more option on what's become one of Washington Avenue's brightest blocks lately.