Spike Gjerde’s Bookish New Cafe Opens Monday

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med_spikegjerdeSpike Gjerde teamed up with Ivy Bookshop to open a cafe near Johns Hopkins’ Homewood campus.

According to the Baltimore Business Journal, Bird in Hand is set to open Monday, Nov. 7. It’s part of a new development at 11 E. 33rd St. that’s set to offer student housing and retail for the community. It sounds like Gjerde is aiming to appeal to both of those groups.

The spot won’t have a full kitchen, but the food offered will be locally sourced. Developers previously said the offerings will be in the Artifact Coffee family, with Counter Culture coffee and meats sourced from Parts & Labor. The potential reading material will be plentiful. Ivy is offering a selection of books, and there’s also the potential to have author-centric events.

Being able to browse a bookshop and drink coffee in the same spot sounds like a recipe for a place I would never want to leave, but perhaps the caffeinated, writerly bias is showing.

Gjerde has been busy with new spots. The James Beard Award winner is also slated to open a new venture in DC at The Line hotel in DC next year.

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