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Magnolia Bakery Brings Confetti Cupcakes to Union Station Next Month

The decades-old NYC import is expected to arrive in September

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Magnolia Bakery is shooting for a September opening in Union Station.
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Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

Cult desserts destination Magnolia Bakery is opening its first D.C. shop next month inside Union Station, complete with all-day sugary selections like rhubarb pie and mini cheesecake.

Magnolia Bakery, founded in New York City’s West Village in 1996, soon became a household name thanks to featured appearances on Sex and the City and Saturday Night Live. The cupcakery has since sprinkled locations across the world, in Mexico, Korea, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates, as well as domestic outlets in Chicago and Los Angeles.

The debut D.C. location, taking up a corner slice of Union Market’s mezzanine level (50 Massachusetts Avenue NE), will feature coffee and Magnolia Bakery’s top sellers like banana pudding, red velvet cake, key lime cheesecake, sea salt caramel cookies, and icebox desserts. Stay tuned for a solidified opening date.

The new cafe, which will sport the brand’s signature worn-in and vintage design, is scheduled to operate from Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Another high-profile sweets stand, French macaron maker Ladurée, opened in Union Station last year.

The transit hub has continued to elevate its lineup of eating and drinking options as of late. Recent arrivals include Legal Sea Foods’ 2,000-square-foot bright and airy restaurant Legal Sea Bar, San Francisco’s Blue Bottle Coffee, and Aloha Poke Co. out of Chicago. Pizza chain Neapolitan Express is coming soon.