For a certain type of Washingtonian, particularly young, urban professional transplants in Northwest, tenure in the city will inevitably intersect with Tryst. Maybe you once posted an "I Saw You At Tryst" message on the cafe's missed-connections site, or perhaps you wrote half of your thesis in one of its armchairs. The neighborhood coffee shop/cafe/laptop hangout is an Adams Morgan institution, and its status has been cemented as it turns 15 this month.
Check out that cellphone! Original caption from 1999: "Tryst coffee house in Adam's Morgan. A concept photo illustrating people who run their 'home businesses' from coffee shops." ROBERT A. REEDER/TWP
To celebrate, Tryst will be offering throwback specials and deals for 15 days, beginning Sept. 15. Coffee will revert back to its 1998 price of $1.50, and a few long-lost menu items, including the Swedish Fish Tryst served in a martini glass when it opened, will reappear on the menu. The specials will last through Sept. 30.
To jog your memory, this is what 1999 looked like at Tryst:
The original caption on this 1999 archival photo is the most late-90s thing ever: "Freelance writer Karen Fox works on her laptop and cell phone from her 'office' couch space at the Tryst coffee shop in Adams Morgan where she was working on a dating column for AOL. " Original caption from 1999: "Freelance writer Karen Fox works on her laptop and cell phone from her 'office' couch space at the Tryst coffee shop in Adams Morgan where she was working on a dating column for AOL." ROBERT A. REEDER/TWP Original caption from 2000: "Tryst, Adams Morgan, Washington. Raphael Talisman talks to friends. (Girl to farthest left, Nadia Khatchadourian and Michele Morgan)" Rebecca D'Angelo/FTWP
Maura Judkis covers culture, food, and the arts for the Weekend section and Going Out Guide.