It's a semi-sad time for homegrown gelato maker Dolcezza. The company is about two months away from moving into its fancy new gelato factory at Union Market. That means the company will go from working out of 300 square feet of space at its original Georgetown store (while making gelato for four stores, farmers markets, Whole Foods, etc.) to using a 4,000 square foot, high ceiling facility in Northeast for production. But the thing is, that means it doesn't really make sense to keep the original production facility open.
So founder Robb Duncan is putting it on the market (they own the building). Eventually, Dolcezza will lease or sell the building to another company. The retail portion of the store will remain open until that happens, but in the meantime, Dolcezza is on the hunt for a new location in Georgetown, probably closer to M Street and between 500 and 1,000 square feet in size. They've been looking for a new space for about a year but haven't found exactly the right fit yet.
"It's bittersweet; this is where we cut our teeth," said Duncan. "But we're also changing the whole game, and bringing things to a whole new level." The new Dolcezza factory is planning to open in mid-November, and is hoping to throw a big bash to kick off the occasion. Timing of the Georgetown closure will depend on how soon a new tenant or owner is found.
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