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Café Chocolat, coming to 14th and H St, NW “a place to discover and experience the best in high-end chocolate and specialty coffee”

by Prince Of Petworth February 6, 2017 at 4:20 pm 17 Comments

Southern Building DC_SJG Properties
photo courtesy of Cafe Chocolat

From a press release:

“Neighborhood Retail Group recently announced Café Chocolat, a premier chocolate and coffee retailer, will open at 1423 H Street, NW, Washington, DC in Spring 2017. Founder Gjergj Dollani created the “beans to bar” concept as a place to discover and experience the best in high-end chocolate and specialty coffee.

“Café Chocolat will be a unique destination among the East End’s luxury shopping, dining, hotel and entertainment district,” says Bethany Scanlon, Managing Principal and Co-Founder of Neighborhood Retail Group. “Gjergj has created the premiere destination for a chocolate experience, sweet treat and perfect gift in DC.”

Neighborhood Retail Group secured the location for Café Chocolat in DC’s Southern Building—only blocks away from the heart of Penn Quarter, Pennsylvania Avenue and the White House—appealing to both residents and the tourism community.

“At Café Chocolat we are creating an environment where consumers can discover and taste some of the best chocolates from around the world,” says Dollani. “And by Neighborhood Retail Group understanding our need for a unique space, we are able to bring this exciting concept to life.”

About Café Chocolat
Cafe Chocolat is a unique Chocolate Boutique and Coffee Bar concept established in 2015 by Gjergj Dollani, Founder and Chief Storyteller for the brand. Dollani has over a decade of experience in the high-end chocolate industry working with brands and manufacturers of various sizes including Lindt and Cacao Barry. For more information, visit www.cafechocolatdc.com.”

  • hungeegirl

    Oooof. Also, East End? No.

    • AMDCer

      +1 East End of what??

      • MadMax

        Seriously, WTF is this East End nonsense?

      • jsauri

        You’ve never heard of the famed East End of McPherson Square?!?!

  • LittleBluePenguin

    JFC. “Founder and Chief Storyteller for the brand”?! Really? Really?!! I don’t know if that’s excessively honest or just pretentious as hell, but ugh!

    • textdoc

      Hahaha — well spotted!
      The wording “chocolate experience, sweet treat and PERFECT GIFT” (emphasis added) makes me think “very expensive.”

    • Hill Denizen

      As the daughter of an actual storyteller, I find this offensive.

  • OldinAM

    Yikes, this is painful to read. Please define East End. And they intend to appeal to residents and tourists. Fine but what about all the workers who fill the nearby offices–is their business not wanted.

    • textdoc

      “Fine but what about all the workers who fill the nearby offices–is their business not wanted.” I think you’re reading a little too much into this — by mentioning residents and tourists, presumably the press release was trying to convey that the place will appeal to locals and non-locals.

  • wpk_dc

    Chocoholic here, I’ll definitely be trying this out!!

  • DC

    East end luxury shopping? This makes no sense

  • Hm

    Isn’t coco sala right down the street from this…? And hasn’t it been doing something very similar to this for the last decade or so?

    • Shelley

      Coco Sala is at 10th & F Street. Close but not “down the street” if you’re in that area.

    • jsauri

      Yes, but Coco Sala isn’t in the exclusive “East End.”

  • gimmedatchocolate

    The write-up is a bit pretentious. That absolutely will not stop me from seeing what their hot cocoa game is like.

  • JayDC

    What building is that in the photo?

  • Gjergj

    Hi, Gjergj here …thank you for taking the time to comment and for the interest on this new concept I have been working on for almost 2 years now.

    Press releases can be stuffy by default, and I see some of you didn’t react well to “storyteller”. I do not use that descriptor lightly; I truly believe there is a story to be told about craft chocolate that is not told enough. Brands with big budgets such as Lindt & Godiva spend a great deal of resources to talk about “handcrafted” and “master chocolatiers” for their mass-produced chocolate. The true craftsmen, in my opinion, are passionate people such as the makers of Fruition (out of New York) or Ritual (out of Utah) that work together with cacao farmers to get not only the best beans, but to also improve the lives of these farmers. These are the stories we will work hard to share at Café Chocolat.

    Feel free to reach out to me at [email protected] with any questions, comments or concerns, and I will do my best to respond as soon as I can. Between being a father to a 4 month old, and working hard to bring Café Chocolat to life, there’s not much time left for anything else :)


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