Cosi on Capitol Hill Closes, Will become Pret a Manger this Spring

by Prince Of Petworth February 6, 2014 at 12:00 pm 19 Comments


@bryan_in_dc tweets us the photo above:

“Cosi now closed on Capitol Hill (3rd & Penn SE)”

Back in August we learned that a Pret a Manger would be taking over the space this spring:

“Pret A Manger will occupy 4,300 square feet and offer two floors of indoor dining space, as well as a large outdoor patio.”

301 Pennsylvania Ave, SE courtesy of Douglas Development

  • Anonymous

    Hmm, so what’s the difference between the two?

    • lovefifteen

      I love Pret’s food, but I think Cosi’s food isn’t good at all.

    • textdoc

      The two strike me as pretty different, even though they both serve sandwiches and salads. Pret stuff is pre-packaged (although made the same day); Cosi stuff is prepared on the spot. I believe Pret portions are also smaller.
      I have always found it odd that Pret is cheaper in the UK (including VAT) than it is in the States (BEFORE tax) — usually it’s the other way around. For that reason, I don’t go to Pret much here.
      I find Cosi’s sandwiches somewhat expensive for what you get, but I LOVE their salads.

    • Cosi gives you free bread with your sandwich.

      But really, Pret is cool and Cosi is over.

    • Anonymous

      Both suck, but Pret sucks with a French accent.

      • Anonymous

        Pret suce.

  • Anonymous

    Six of one, half dozen of the other.

  • emilysquirrely

    Yeah…might as well be the same restaurant. Ditto for Au Bon Pan, Le Pain Quotidien, Panera, etc.

    • Niceguy_321


  • anonymouse_dianne

    I love Pret. My sister tells me they are ubiquitous in Europe. When I retire, I want to run a Pret. The food is made fresh thru out the day and what doesn’t sell gets donated. This trend is spreading to Panara and even 7-11 gives away (or are supposed to!) day old pastery. I specially like their morning egg sandwiches.

    • Anonymous

      The lady who runs the Pret under my office gets in at 6am and doesn’t leave until well after 730pm. She works her ass off.
      Running a Pret sounds like a miserable retirement.

    • Anon

      Anyone who thinks that running a food service establishment is a “retirement” activity has never and should never work in food service. Unless you want to spend your retirement working over 50 hours a week for barely over minimum wage pay, that is.

      • Anonymous

        Seriously. The notion is comically sad in it’s naivety due to the OP’s position of privilege.

  • bb

    Anything that goes into this space is going to be overshadowed by the Good Stuff Eatery next door.

  • Anonymous

    So long as it doesn’t become part of Spike’s chain of crap, who cares. I’d rather the USPS sell cardboard burgers (so long as they’re stamped ‘Forever’).

  • LE

    Cosi in Old Town Alexandria is closing, too. A lululemon is coming in.

    • Rich

      A Pret would be an improvement. grossly overpriced yoga crap not so much.

  • brookland_rez

    Wow, they seem to be dropping like flies. I’ve been in Cosi a few times. I never thought it was terrible food, just kind of mediocre. Not very filling or satisfying.

  • Anonymous

    Wow happens to the people that work there


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