Homegrown coffee and gelato chain Dolcezza will soon bring some of the diner fare found exclusively at its Southwest Waterfront location to its other stores in the heart of D.C.
The coffee and gelato company opened its biggest outpost to date a year ago at the Wharf development (99 District Square SW), serving breakfast croissants and cinnamon sugar doughnuts under the watch of culinary director Victor Vasquez. Now the brand wants to bring some of those expanded offerings to other parts of the city, co-owner Robb Duncan tells Eater.
Later this month, Logan Circle will act as the first testing site for rolling out Southern breakfast items found at the Wharf. That could include egg and cheese biscuits and steak and egg breakfast bowls.
Croissant and biscuit sandwiches and savory toast boards at the Dolcezza-owned Mom & Pop shop in Fairfax have also been well received, Duncan notes. He says that proves customers are craving “an evolution of the cafe experience” beyond coffee.
Other dishes that could make their way to the Logan Circle include a fried chicken biscuit; a sausage, egg, and cheese biscuit; and huevos rancheros. As of now, the small shop at 1418 14th Street NW only serves coffee, gelato, and to-go baked goods.
Duncan says he’ll get cracking on the menu rollout in Logan Circle in mid-January upon his return from a vacation in Uruguay. He reports he’s also prepping for a “pretty big announcement” on Dolcezza’s wholesale business for 2020.
If the food experiment goes well in Logan Circle, he’ll likely carry over the expanded menu to the Dupont and CityCenter locations, and “possibly at the Hirshhorn,” he says.
That modern lobby bar, which sits inside the Smithsonian museum’s walls, is currently dark due to the partial government shutdown.
“Hopefully with the new Congress coming in we will be able work something out,” Duncan says.