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District Doughnut’s New Glass-Enclosed Wharf Shop Is Now Open

The location will stay open until 10 p.m. to curb nighttime sugar cravings

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District Doughnut’s modern Wharf location boasts a 290-square-foot patio and nautical murals by local artist Taylor Kampa.
Anna Meyer/District Doughnut
Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

Homegrown sweets maker District Doughnuts opened its fourth area location on Thursday, August 23, bringing its lineup of seasonal doughnuts and coffee to the Wharf.

The new 900-square-foot waterfront shop (5 Market Square SW) will operate later than its sister locations — daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. — to capitalize on concert crowds flowing out of the Anthem next door.

District Doughnut serves a rotating selection of doughnuts ($2.50 to $3.50), paired with coffee and cold brew from local roaster Compass Coffee ($2.25 to $3.75). The current summer menu features Key Lime Pie and Fluffernutter flavors, which will be replaced by Pumpkin Glazed and Maple Butter Pecan doughnuts in the fall (starting Sunday, September 9). Best sellers like Brown Butter and Salted Dulce de Leche will stick around all year.

District Doughnut’s new shop was designed by D.C.-based architects HapstakDemetriou.
Anna Meyer/District Doughnut

Customers can plop down with their doughnuts on an outdoor patio flanked by Italian-style umbrellas and bistro tables. Founded in 2012, District Doughnut also has locations in Capitol Hill, Georgetown, and Nationals Park. It’ll have immediate coffee competition on the Wharf from San Francisco cult brand Blue Bottle Coffee, which opened around the corner last month.

An all-day grand opening party is planned for Saturday, August 25 with free Funfetti bites, branded koozies, coffee mugs, and sunglasses. Hours will be extended to midnight to feed Beach House concert attendees that evening at the Anthem.