“D.C-bred culinary force CAVA will begin serving its signature balanced-yet-craveable menu at a new location in Union Station later this year.

CAVA, which recently announced its Series C funding round of $30m, is planning to open more than 20 new restaurants in 2017, taking their footprint to over 40 locations nationwide, with the DMV a major focus for the company. In addition to Union Station in D.C., CAVA will open locations in Navy Yard and H Street NE this year. (more…)


Photo by PoPville flickr user Eric Spiegel

You gotta unmute the video below for full effect:


via google maps

“Dear PoPville,

I wanted to alert you to a potential traffic issue I’ve been noticing more than more. There’s a very weird intersection around the southwest corner of Union Station, where the cabs/cars/buses that have dropped off people in the front come out to either Mass Ave (turning left or right) or going straight down E Street. If you look at the map, though, there’s also a small lane that comes out of First Street NE. The traffic lights are not well angled, so when the Union Station lane gets the red light, the First Street lane gets green, but I’ve seen several times cars (cabs in particular) from Union Station mistaking the second green as theirs, and driving out. What’s worse is that there are generally a lot of bicyclists in the First Street lane, and I worry eventually someone will get hit.”

laduree

Update: Thanks to a reader for sending some photos (above), “Laduree is in the old Godiva space. Wonderful lunch items, too, such as salad in a jar.”

And I imagine Sugar Factory is none too pleased…

Opening news tweeted yesterday:

Ladurée opened in Georgetown May 2nd.

bike racks

“Dear PoPville,

I biked to lunch at Union Station today and was kind of appalled by the bike rack options.

There are twenty or so U-shaped bike racks outside the west side of the station (by the Chipotle) — but many of them are loose on their screws, or missing the screws altogether.

A thief could (and probably has) easily lift the rack, slide the locked bike out, and put the rack back in place. (more…)

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renderings courtesy GTM Architects

From a press release:

“GTM Architects, an award-winning residential and commercial architectural firm, recently announced its work on the design of Pluma by Bluebird Bakery located at The Edison, an upscale, urban industrial mixed-use building at 391 Morse Street, NW, Washington, DC. Owners Tom Wellings and Camila Arango worked with Clare Marino and Katlin Pless of GTM Architects on a design that embraces the hip vibe of the new building, while also capturing the culture and quality Bluebird Bakery is known for.

Slated to open in early summer, Pluma by Bluebird Bakery, a brand new café concept, is located within the 28,000-square-feet ground level retail space in the 178-unit apartment complex. With a mix of imported, handmade Colombian tile, as a homage to Arango, rustic wall panels, Lambert & Fils pendants first scouted on Pinterest and varying shades of blue, GTM incorporated all elements of design on the owners’ wish lists, as well as well-executed form and function into the new bakery. (more…)

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Photo by Farrah Skeiky

From a press release:

“The Dolcezza Gelato Factory and Coffee Lab re-opens its doors for the season Today, April 14th. Since its opening three years ago in March 2014, the retail portion of the DC Gelato maker’s hub closes during the winter, and re-opens upon the start of spring.

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Photo by Farrah Skeiky

This time, the Factory opens with a new addition: Milkshakes. The drinks all have a gelato base, and some are inspired by flavors or copettas (gelato sundaes) guests have already enjoyed at our various locations. The opening menu of milkshakes ($8 each) includes:

Lemon Pound Cake
Lemon pound cake pieces, meyer lemon sherbert, whipped cream, candied lemon zest

Coffee & Cookies
Stumptown Hair Bender espresso gelato, stracciatella-covered biscoff cookies, whipped cream

Cinnamon Toast Crunch
Vietnamese cinnamon gelato, Cinnamon Toast Crunch pieces, whipped cream, cinnamon powder

The Factory is the only location to find milkshakes, and there may be new flavors or menu changes in the future.

In addition to milkshakes, the cafe will continue to offer coffee service and gelato. Because guests are enjoying Dolcezza at the source, the gelato at this location is served shortly after it is spun, and the menu features our greatest hits and newest flavors. For our opening weekend, that menu includes:

Gelato
Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Indonesian Vanilla Bean, Coffee & Cookies, Vietnamese Cinnamon

Sherbert
Meyer Lemon

Sorbet
Clementine, Grapefruit Hibiscus

The Dolcezza Gelato Factory also retails pints and push pops of our gelato and sorbet, Stumptown Coffee, Paisley Fig snacks, and Dolcezza merchandise when available.

HOURS: Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday

11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.”

dolcezza_factory 550 Penn Street, NE
550 Penn Street, NE