District Doughnuts Headed to Barracks Row
by Larry Janezich
Capitol Hill Corner has learned that Douglas Development Corporation has signed a lease with the popular doughnut caterer, District Doughnuts, for the first floor space at 749 8th Street, SE, formerly the home of Sneed’s Barbershop. They hope to open in April of 2014. Their popular product received high marks in WaPo’s survey of the city’s doughnut offerings earlier this year – http://wapo.st/16cA9qV
The catering business, founded by Greg Menna and Juan Pablo Segura and currently owned by Menna and pastry chef Christine Schaefer, has been looking for space to open a brick and mortar outlet and was rumored to be coming to the Eastern Market area. Schaefer came to the area from a gourmet bakery in Buffalo, NY, and trained at Le Cordon Bleu.
From District Doughnut’s website: “Opening in spring 2014, our shop will serve a rotating assortment of classic and cosmopolitan varieties, meeting nostalgia with sophistication. To complete the classic pairing, we will feature the finest coffee roasts from Caffe Amouri, one of the only small-batch roasters in the DC area.” Read more here: http://districtdoughnut.com/
The recently inked deal leaves the second story of 749 8th Street, SE, available for lease according to the company’s website: http://bit.ly/198fGCx
Douglas Development is currently a very active Southeast Capitol Hill player, with three other active projects currently ongoing on Pennsylvania Avenue, SE. See more here: http://bit.ly/1akuFzW