Dear PoPville – New Bakery Coming to Petworth?


828 Upshur St, NW

Dear PoPville,

Have I missed a recent scuttlebutt, or is this actually new and exciting news?? I got wind of a bakery supposedly opening in the 800 block of Upshur! I was picking up dry cleaning at Kilroy’s the other day, and it smelled amazingly of baked goods. The woman at Kilroy’s told me there’s a bakery opening up next door (at what I assume used to be an Ethiopian restaurant, the building with the green awning that says “Injera” just to the right of Kilroy’s). Apparently they’re doing wholesale and testing recipes now, but plan to open a storefront. Pretty please tell me it’s true!!

It’s true! Though it’s not going to be a traditional bakery. It’s mostly going to focus on carrot cakes and bean pies. It will be called Salaam Bakery and they are planning on fixing up the storefront. Right now, they are focusing on wholesale but hope to open for retail sales by the end of May. And word on the street is that the carrot cakes are phenomenal. We’ll revisit for a proper judging after they’ve been open for a bit.

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  • seems like the need to do more than just carrot cakes and bean pies. But I do LOVE carrot cake! Welcome to Petworth. I think that strip of Upshur has a lot of potential…

  • the girls at Annie’s are all going to gain weight (myself included).

  • Pretty sure that I saw Salaam’s bean pies and cakes at Yes! Organic yesterday in the section with fresh sandwiches. Almost got one because I didn’t know what a bean pie was. Hope they do well. Agree with the previous poster that the little strip on Upshur has a lot of potential.

    • Bean pies are the best pies. Never had one til I got to DC. It will be one of the things I miss most if I leave.

  • Great news. Just this weekend, the wife and I were discussing what kind of business should open in that very space.

  • Is it just me or does the restaurant/retail/development news around the city pale in comparison to H St NE?

    • Prince Of Petworth

      It is just you. The development of rest./bars in Logan Circle/14th St, U St, Fla. Ave. Barracks Row, Navy Yard and well you get the point. Because You live in H St perhaps you are just more aware of developments going on there.

      • I would probably only agree with you on Logan Circle. There are 2 or 3 current apt/condo projects under construction there and about the same amount planned. And the restaurant scene there is obviously more mature (further along in its development) than H. But the sheer number of new restaurants/bars/retail and the number of under construction (3) and planned (8 or more) apt and condo projects, I doubt any other area can beat that.

  • Salaam Bakery makes deliciouis bean pies, carrot cakes, cheesecakes, and also pudding (I have had the banana pudding). They currently are sold at many local markets including Yes! I think its great that they will open a retail store as well!!

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