In 2012, Will Durkl, owner of the streetwear brand Durkl, and Erik Bruner-Yang, one of D.C’s most notable chefs, came together to create Maketto. It opened three years later, combining a retail store, Cambodian style restaurant, and coffee shop by Chris Vigilante and the Vigilante Coffee Company.Located on H Street, it’s one of the only places in the city where you can cop the latest Popeye mag and eat some fire Pork Steamed Bao. Maketto’s cultured cuisine and diverse product offerings make it unique on its own, but what’s most intriguing about the space is its potential to become D.C.’s cultural heart. The young creatives of the district have been waiting for a place to call home; a place to expose their talents, be amongst like-minded people, collaborate, and create. Maketto can be that place. If they continue to improve their stockists and curate events that kids actually want to go to–an alternative to the status-seeking, dress shoe and Zara riddled parties that currently saturate the city–Maketto will thrive and have a lasting impact on the city’s culture while giving it the recognition it deserves.
One of Maketto’s dopest aspects is its minimalist yet welcoming aesthetic that you would usually have to go overseas to indulge in. If you haven’t already, definitely go check out the space if you get the chance, but hopefully these collages give you a small sense of what to expect.