Pitango Gelato closes on P Street; Space Becoming a T-Mobile

by Prince Of Petworth January 8, 2016 at 3:25 pm 24 Comments

1451 P Street, NW

Thanks to Andrew for sending word:

“P Street Pitango Gelato is becoming a T-Mobile. Construction workers: “They don’t make as good gelato.”

Pitango Gelato opened up in Logan back in 2009. They still have locations in Penn Quarter and on Capitol Hill.

  • kbloomingdale

    A t-mobile… seriously?! ugh.

    • rob

      Ughhhhh need an UGG store.

  • sproc

    Really? There have to be several T-Mobile stores within a 1-2 mile radius. How often do you need to go to a cell phone store? I’m team Dolcezza, but this is sad. I can’t believe there wasn’t a better tenant for this space.

    • JohnH

      Maybe “Team Dolcezza” shouldn’t have opened on the same flipping block. Not surprising one of the 2 would close shortly after.

      • HillM01

        +1 I just wish one of them had located farther north

  • petworther

    You brought this on yourself P Street.

  • ***

    and so continues the slow post-gentrification decline of P Street.

    • cwjCP

      soon it will be Dupont

      • Truxtoner

        I’m glad I finally figured out how this works and moved severely far east of all of this. I’ll just sit and wait for it to reach me. Right now, a T-Mobile store would be an improvement over here.

    • JohnH

      I heard Walmart was looking for a space near…

  • Sa

    Pitango is terrific. In my view, they use much better quality ingredients than Dolcezza and Dolcezza gelato tastes powdery in texture. Sorry to see Pitango close. I hope they hold onto the Capitol Hill and Penn Quartee stores…

    • Anon

      I’ve had only tried both a handful of times but I preferred Pitango as well. I tried Dolcezza’s seasonal apple sorbetto recently and it was bizarre. The flavor was nice but the texture was like light styrofoam or floral foam.

  • Traveler

    Ugh indeed. The former Game Stop on Penn & Potomac SE closed. I hoped for a coffee shop or sandwich place. Instead we got an AT&T. Why oh why another phone company?

    • JohnH

      Let’s be clear……local businesses not backed with significant investment struggle sustaining: sandwich places, coffee shops, used book stores, record shops, bagel places, card/gift stores, flower shops, etc. This is why you rarely see them open in any areas that are remotely expensive and rarely see them last long if they do manage to open.

  • cookie

    Oh this sucks. I loved Pitango. Dolcezza adds all kinds of stabilizers and weird ingredients, but markets themselves otherwise. Pitango did not and my Italian friend said Pitango was the real stuff to boot. So sorry to see it go. I t was my go to dessert place.

  • AK in DC

    I was hoping this would not happen. The minute I heard about Dolcezza opening, I was worried for this place. I will seriously miss sitting and enjoying coffee and gelato in their big patio chairs. This is a sad day indeed.

  • jcd

    I met some of their farmer suppliers from Pennsylvania once there. I used to stop on my way home from Whole Foods. I will miss them there. I do like the Dolcezza there, but I wish they had located several blocks further north. I think the area can support several dessert places, just not on the same block.

  • Cj

    Yeah. T-mobile store sucks, but when I went to treat my toddler to an ice cream this past summer, ordered two small cups and it came to $13, I vowed never to go there again.

    • JohnH

      While it’s certainly not a bargain, places like Haagen Daz, Ben and Jerrys, etc aren’t far off from that price.

  • KPinDC

    I wish this was a joke. We have been going to Pitango since it opened and my daughter loves it. The employees were very kid-friendly and would always split a small into two cups if you asked, making a reasonably priced $6 treat. I asked once at Dolcezza if they would do something similar and they literally laughed at me. This is a loss for P Street. And T Mobile?! Ugh.

  • AndyB

    How much do you want them to charge for their product? I mean min wage is $10.50 going up to $15.00, rent increases every year, worker’s comp insurance goes up as wages go up, health care, paid leave. I guess people vote in all these measures for business to pay but complain when they have to pay for it in higher prices.

    • Anon

      Not complaining, just can’t afford it so won’t buy it. And the PP who said Haagen Dazs isn’t far off, it’s less than $6 for an entire pint so it’s at least 1/2 the price.

  • DM

    So… does this mean Logan Circle is over?

  • Blithe

    Bummer! I’ve only been to this location once, but the Fells Point store in Baltimore is wonderful, and the sipping chocolate is excellent. . It’s also nice that they sell the hot chocolate mix frozen for those of us who like to stash it in the freezer for a treat.
    I’ve no idea what the rent is there, but I imagine that sustaining a non-franchise, single focused business with seasonal appeal is hard — even when the product and the employees are stellar.


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