Pret A Manger To Replace Cosi at 3rd and Pennsylvania Avenue in Spring, 2014

Pret A Manger To Replace Cosi at 3rd and Pennsylvania Avenue in Spring, 2014

Douglas Development Increases Capitol Hill Stakes

by Larry Janezich

Pret A Manger is scheduled to open next spring in the space now occupied by Cosi at 3rd and PA Avenue, SE.  The high-end sandwich shop will offer sandwiches, salads, fresh fruit, wraps, soups, baguettes,  as well as pastries, bagels, muffins and hot oatmeal.

From their website:  “We make our stuff fresh so we can sell it fresh (it’s old fashioned but works well).  We donate our sandwiches to charity instead of keeping them over to sell the next day.  Because we make our food by hand in each store throughout the day, you won’t find “shelf life” dates and “display until” messages on our salads and sandwiches.  We simply don’t need to sell old food.”

Their menu can be viewed here:  http://www.pret.com/us/menu/

The announcement came today from Douglas Development.  According to a press release, the development company leased the building and will occupy 4,300 square feet and offer two floors of indoor dining space as well as the outside patio.  London-based Pret A Manger has numerous east coast locations in NYC, Chicago and Boston, including seven in DC.

The move will increase Douglas Development’s stakes on Capitol Hill.  The company is developing the 13,081 square foot retail building at 1442 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, formerly occupied by Kentucky Fried Chicken.  That project (which has apparently changed its identity from residential, to mixed use, to its latest incarnation – solely retail) will feature a green roof.

Douglas Development will make a presentation on its plans for the two properties at the September 10 meeting of ANC6b at 7:00pm in Hill Center.  More details on the two projects will likely be available at that time.

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