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D.C. Gets Its First Taste of Cult Bakery Lady M This Weekend

Union Station pop-up may lead to a permanent presence

Sigature sweets from Lady M Cake Boutique.
Photo: Lady M Cake Boutique
Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

Good news for fancy crêpe lovers: international confectioner Lady M Cake Boutique, which is serving its signature 20-layer cakes for the first time ever in D.C. this weekend, is hoping to open a brick-and-mortar location in the area some time in 2018.

The global brand sells gourmet cakes and chocolates out of bright and sleek shops sprinkled across New York, Los Angeles, Singapore, Hong Kong, and most recently, Boston. Lady M CEO Ken Romaniszyn tells Eater that setting up shop in the District is a possibility. As for where it might land, he says, “we love Union Station and Georgetown but we are still in the due diligence phase.” He notes that nothing is “definitive yet.”

That strategy would seem to follow in the steps of recent arrival Laduree, which now sells its iconic macarons in the same areas Romaniszyn is eyeing.

D.C. can try Lady M’s famous creations — think: nearly two dozen crêpes layered with pastry cream — on Friday, July 28 and Saturday, July 29 during its guest appearance inside commuter-packed Union Station. Since it’s a limited two-day event, just two of its top sellers will be served: the signature mille crepes, and a green tea version infused and powdered with imported matcha.

Romaniszyn warns that most pre-orders are already sold out, but says individual slices will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Single servings run $8 to $8.50, while 6-inch to 9-inch cakes cost $45 to $85. Its sister company Royce Chocolates will also be present with their sweets for sale.

“We hope to use this boutique pop-up event to speak to the locals and get their suggestions,” he says, adding that Union Station was selected due to its high volume of foot traffic.

The pop-up is positioned in the Main Hall and runs from 11 a.m to 7 p.m. today, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow.