Back Alley Waffles
This is DC. This is world-class waffling. If you want to make it in this town, you better have a good waffle.
About a mile north northeast of the White House in Washington, DC is a cool spot called Blagden Alley. That's where in 2010 I opened a gallery showing my mosaic work.
In 2012, to draw attention to the mosaics, we opened a little bar in the gallery. We serve waffles and smoothies—the only two things I know how to make.
But we know how to make them really well, and now people like the waffles (we churn our own butter!) more than the art. So there you have it.
This is an example of our raison d'etre, the mosaics. You can look at pictures of others I've made on my personal web site. Or come have a waffle and a smoothie and see them in person.
Also, for more commercial mosaicking, see Blagden Alley Mosaics.
The east and south sides of our building are open to vehicle traffic. Sometimes, vehicles traveling east go too fast, creating a dangerous situation.
Unaware of the danger, a mother or father pushing a baby stroller could round our corner just as a speeding car plows through.
We want to encourage drivers to slow down by putting a life-size mosaic on the wall opposite (home of the Downtown Boxing Club) depicting a family just stepping out into the alley. Isn't that a better "SLOW" sign than the typical heavy-handed sign threatening fines? (Thanks to landlords, Ken Welch and Pat Welch, and tenant, Dave White, for their support.)
The mosaic is currently under construction.
If you get here early enough, and the sun is shining, you can eat your waffle while watching Blagden Alley's very own helioglyphs slip down the wall of the Downtown Boxing Club before vanishing beneath the bricks.
According to an alley tradition that stretches back to April, lovers who kiss while our fresh-churned butter is still on their lips and the helioglyphs are still on the wall will find true love forever.
Waffles are now $450 each by appointment only.
Here's what you'll get:
- a fluffy 7" Belgian waffle with fresh-churned butter and real maple syrup
- a 4' x 4' mosaic similar to the one shown below (which was stolen—if you can believe it—by two black guys and a white guy at around 3 a.m. one Friday night/Saturday morning several months ago) of the subject matter of your choice*
- the materials with which to make the mosaic (roughly $225 at Home Depot)
- the unparalleled experience of creating your own piece of art
Space is limited and, for you Grouponistas, $450 is a 400 percent discount per square, so act now!
Next waffling scheduled for July 28, and there are already only four spots left. To reserve a place, please contact Craig at 202 568 9448.
* subject matter must be submitted in advance to ensure feasibility