Two expansion-minded coffee companies — Australian-born brand Bluestone Lane and NYC-based Gregorys Coffee — are each getting ready to debut locations along the same Dupont Circle strip, aiming to perk up as many nearby workers as possible.
Bluestone, a global chain known for its “avocado smash” toast, cold-pressed juices, and other healthy fare, entered the District with a West End cafe earlier this year (followed by a Georgetown outpost) and will open its latest 1,000-square-foot location at 1150 Connecticut Avenue NW some time next week, its team tells Eater.
The 40-seat indoor/outdoor cafe will cater to its surrounding lunchtime crowd with health food-inspired bowls and to-go items.
Hours of operation will be 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
In addition, New York-based Gregorys Coffee is preparing to open its fourth area location at 1101 Connecticut Avenue NW, under construction now. Its inaugural D.C. store debuted at 1000 Vermont Avenue NW nearly a year ago, with two more downtown locations opening since (1900 L Street NW and 1147 20th Street NW). Stay tuned for an ETA and offerings of its latest store.
Gregory Zamfotis, whose glasses-wearing mug doubles as the company’s logo, has planted dozens of locations across New York and New Jersey since 2006. He has said D.C. could potentially sustain that store count down the road. Drink options include turmeric lattes, green smoothies, and seasonally-inspired teas, along with pastries, donuts, and breakfast sandwiches. Gregorys roasts its coffee at a warehouse in Long Island City, in Queens, New York.
Last month, Dupont Circle got another big-name java option with San Francisco’s Philz Coffee opening a few blocks north. In addition, the neighborhood got two more affordable lunchtime options this month with the arrival of British fast-food chain Leon and quick-serve Middle Eastern shop Little Sesame.
Next up for Bluestone Lane: a previously announced location in the lobby of Skanska’s new mixed-use building at 99 M Street SE, scheduled to open some time in October. This Navy Yard shop which will be the company’s fourth area location. As part of a new dog-friendly partnership with BARK — which includes co-branded dog bowls, Bluestone Lane plush dog toys, and dog treats at each location — Bluestone Lane will host a “pup-up” with freebies at its West End cafe on Wednesday, September 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. (1100 23rd Street NW).