Bakehouse Closes Retail Bakery at 14th and T “we have arranged for another local business to take over the storefront”

bakehouse
1407 T Street, NW

Ed. Note: Bakehouse opened back in May 2013.

“Sunday May, 22nd will be our last day of operation as a retail bakery.

Our wholesale business has taken off, so we are going to focus on this in order to allow for future growth.

We will continue to operate out of our kitchen at 1407 T Street NW, and we have arranged for another local business to take over the storefront. (We’re not yet able to announce who’ll be moving in, but – for now – suffice it to say that we’re thrilled to be working with them, and we think they’ll be a great addition to the neighborhood!)

bakehouse note

This decision is bittersweet in many ways (we’ll miss feeding and caffeinating our wonderful customers every morning!), but we’re excited to move forward on the wholesale track.

We can’t thank you enough for your support and patronage over the last several years.

With love,
BakeHouse

P.S. Cravings for BakeHouse baked goods and sandwiches can still be indulged by visiting our wholesale outlets: Colony Club, Tynan Cofee and Tea, Qualia, both Pleasant Pops locations, the newly opened Philz stores in Adams Morgan and Navy Yard, as well as other places across DC and Northern Virginia.”

bakehouse
looking east towards 14th Street

16 Comment

  • Not going to lie, I walk by this intersection at least a couple times a week and never realized there was a bakery there…… oops?

  • I never had much success getting a place to sit and eat in this macbook showroom, so I wasn’t really itching to go in very often.

  • I went here several times a week, but always for takeout given their small size. Their scones are especially great, and I’ll switch to Pleasant Pops to get them. Their staff was uniformly friendly, and I’m sorry to see their retail part go.

  • They got off to a fast start and drew a lot of people. The food was well executed but a little expensive for what it was. I never felt a burning desire to go back after their kickoff. I think there were better located, better hyped places with often less inspired more expensive food that probably kept them from making a decent profit.

    • What do you think would be a better location? 14th and T is a super busy area..

      • There are several competing places within a few blocks on 14th, which is much more trafficked than T. This place was relatively far off the beaten path, in being several doors down T from 14th. Speaking strictly in relative terms of course. If this place were exceptional/unique, being 20 feet out of the way would have been fine, but it wasn’t.

    • The trick was to get coffee at Peregrine or Coffee Bar and food from BakeHouse. Wydown has both but is newer to the area.

  • I went to this place many times when it first opened, but I never really loved it. I’m really confused by this change, though. Why outsource the retail area to another company when you’re still operating out of the back and all the signage and stuff is already set up? Why not just hire personnel to manage the retail day-to-day? After all, the well-being of (the wholesale business formerly known as?) bakehouse will still be inextricably tied to the success/profitability of the retail operation in front.
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    I guess maybe the local business coming in is a known chain, wherein the branding they’re bringing in with them matters that much.

    • ” Why outsource the retail area to another company when you’re still operating out of the back and all the signage and stuff is already set up? Why not just hire personnel to manage the retail day-to-day? ”
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      Because they only need a kitchen, as the retail portion wasn’t making enough money to cover their overhead (i.e., the insane rent). Someone else will now be paying the bulk of the rent, freeing up capital to focus on the wholesale business.

      • Right. “After all, the well-being of (the wholesale business formerly known as?) bakehouse will still be inextricably tied to the success/profitability of the retail operation in front.”
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        I already acknowledged that and expressed skepticism about it really making a difference.

      • And also, another point: if all one needs is a kitchen, why bother with Logan Circle real estate at all? Why not set up production in an industrial area of Northeast of something?

        • Because breaking a lease can be expensive, and if they’ve paid for the kitchen build-out, then walking away from that capital investment is also expensive.

  • Phillz?????

  • I’ll miss this place. I enjoyed BakeHouse’s scones and cookies, which I would purchase every few weeks when I thought I could justify the calorie consumption. Nevertheless, I’m not especially surprised by the closure of the retail establishment; a former employee whom I know well constantly told me that running a retail operation was not the owners’ strength.

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