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Bayou Bakery has closed at Hill Center – Pineapple and Pearls Daytime Cafe Coming?

by Prince Of Petworth April 18, 2017 at 10:05 pm 19 Comments

921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE

Thanks to a reader for passing on from Bayou Bakery Coffee Bar & Eatery at Hill Center:

“We would like to send our good-bye’s and thank everyone for their well wishes today and over the past two weeks when learning of us moving on as tenants at the carriage house on the grounds of the Hill Center. Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery will no longer be present at this location and will not be operating at this location starting Monday, April 17, 2017.

Please come see us at Bayou Bakery in Arlington, Va where we have been a longstanding community gathering spot for residents and visitors alike for the past 6 years. Also, we welcome you to follow us on Bayou Bakery’s Facebook in Arlington to learn about the special offers we have for our guests. The DC location Facebook will not continue after Monday, April 17.

I am thankful for all who allowed my team and me the opportunity to serve each and every one of you on a daily basis. I hope to continue those friendships and see some of those familiar faces in in the near future. All the best to you and your family on this joyous day on Easter Sunday.

Chef David Guas”

Last month Washingtonian reported:

“Assuming all goes as planned, [Aaron] Silverman says he will move the daytime cafe portion of his fine dining restaurant Pineapple and Pearls to the new location and expand it. (The Barracks Row restaurant would then focus exclusively on its tasting menu.)”

Updates when they get closer to opening.

  • Otis Gal

    That place was usually crowded, wonder what happened.

    • crispy

      It was always packed with people on their laptops!

    • John

      This is pure speculation, but I would suspect that a lot of customers bought one coffee and then camped out with their laptops for 2 hours making it tough to turn tables.

      • Rob

        I visited twice with coworker’s and inconsiderate losers were taking up the 4 person tables with their laptops. I actually had an awkward Larry David moment where I had to raise my voice at a young guy with huge studio headphones taking a whole table, and he initially refused, as we stood there with our trays hovering to give him the message.

    • MadMax

      From an article I read on this last month:
      “Bayou’s owner Chef David Guas serves coffee, pastries, and breakfast and lunch items inspired by Louisiana and southern cuisine. But without having a full-service dinner menu at the Capitol Hill location, which is not Bayou’s brand, “the concept is not suited for this space,” Guas said.”

      • PCC

        The same article notes that he’s opening a new bakery this spring at the renovated Doubletree hotel on the 1500 block of Rhode Island Ave NW (Scott Circle).

  • Elizabeth Glidden

    Very surprised to see this, it was one of my favorite places.

    • MadMax

      I will miss their NOLA iced coffee with chicory, can’t find that anywhere else in the city I’ve found. But I welcome easier access to P&P’s amazing thai fried chicken sandwiches.

      • skj84

        I always assumed that Bayou would be there and only visited once, so this is a bummer. But also welcome more access to P&P fried chicken sammie. And their hazelnut latte.

    • vramin

      Mine too. Bayou was one of the places I missed most after leaving the Hill. It was the only place I could go with my laptop and my dog! And their beignet were amazing.

  • Tad Cautious

    I wonder if folks from the neighborhood will be allowed to frequent the Pineapple & Pearls coffee shop once it moves in, or if we’ll be forced to wait in line for no reason for three hours before entering so we can buy a $17 latte.

    • MadMax

      You can walk into the current P&P coffeeshop without waiting, to buy a $4 latte, so I can’t imagine why this location would be any different.

  • hillyeah

    noooo!! i loved bayou bakery. as did my parents, it was a favorite lunch spot when they come to town. too bad!!

  • Charlie

    Was at Bayou within the past week and saw zero indication that they were about to close….

    I always stopped there for coffee and pastries when I was in the neighborhood and more than once brought out-of-town guests there.

    Great location, good food, and relaxed atmosphere.

    I’ll miss it.

  • New DC resident

    If only someone would open another coffee shop just a few blocks south, near Potomac Ave Metro. There’s clearly a market for local coffee shops, but we don’t even have a Starbucks (the Safeway on 14th is closing for rebuilding soon) or Dunkin. Perhaps they could open in the former Pennsylvania Market location at the corner of 15th and Penn. With the foot traffic from Harris Teeter, I’m sure they would do well.

    • Anonymous

      We need a Compass Coffee outside of NW! Keep hoping that they’ll come to Eastern Market or somewhere on Pennsylvania Ave.

    • Penn Ave SE

      +1 I was hoping that the space which became a nail salon at 14th and Penn SE would be a coffee shop. Agree that a coffee place would do great over there

  • nic ross

    GOOD RIDDANCE. The food was overpriced and terrible as was the way the place was run.

  • nic ross

    NEXT RESTAURANT OCCUPANT: PLEASE DO BETTER. It’s a great location for it not to be enjoyed due to bad food and subpar service.


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