Popular Barracks Row doughnut shop District Doughnut is headed to Georgetown — at least temporarily.
The cafe will open a pop-up shop in the Cady's Alley area of Georgetown in mid to late May. They'll operate the shop at 3327 Cady's Alley, a neighborhood known for its furniture and design stores, until the end of the year.
Expect a similar lineup of doughnuts to the original Capitol Hill location, though they'll also work with partner Compass Coffee to offer espresso coffee for the first time. The company has also tweaked its operations model so that they make small batches of doughnuts several times throughout the day, ensuring even more freshness as they start to increase their volume of output.
The pop-up has been a family affair for owner Greg Menna, who worked with his father and brother to create all of the woodworking finishes and design touches for the pop-up, using wood from his family's own White Oak barn. "We're creating some serious beauty in the space," he said. They'll also display some abstract murals there featuring the work of a local artist, though he plans to share specifics about that closer to opening.
The pop-up is a partnership with Georgetown development company Eastbanc, which wanted to see some life come to the retail space before finding a permanent tenant. Menna, for his part, is excited to have a presence in Georgetown. "It's a classic place that's being renewed and redeveloped a lot. In some ways, we're doing the same thing, taking something classic like doughnuts and renewing it."