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An Australian Coffee Chain Headlines 14th Street’s Next High-Profile Development

Bluestone Lane will start serving this summer at the mixed-use Liz complex

Bluestone Lane will bring avo toasts and flat whites to the bustling 14th Street NW corridor.
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Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

Aussie coffee chain Bluestone Lane announced plans this week to open its sixth area location this summer in the heart of Logan Circle, just a year and a half since breaking into the D.C. market.

The global brand, known for its “avocado smash” toast, cold-pressed juices, custom teas, and other healthy fare, will debut its largest area cafe to date (2,270 square feet) at the base of the mixed-used Liz complex coming together at the site of the old Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center on 14th Street NW.

Bluestone Lane will be next to makeup titan Sephora as well as the new Whitman-Walker Cultural Center on the ground floor.

The coffee chain entered the D.C. market in January 2018 with a West End cafe that was, until now, its biggest in town. The budding company, which roasts its beans in Brooklyn, also has outposts downtown and in Dupont Circle, Georgetown, and Navy Yard.

“It was important to us to add a great new lunchtime offering to the corridor,” says Ron Kaplan, principal of Fivesquares Development, in a statement.

Julia Sullivan, the Australian designer behind the brand’s first-ever café in New York at 55 Greenwich Avenue, was recruited to create the look alongside FHA Architects. Expect an outdoor terrace along with pastel-hued tiles surrounding the bar, floating greenery, marble tabletops, and light timber furnishings.

The incoming 78-unit apartment complex is the inaugural D.C. design project for Selldorf Architects, the star New York City firm behind lauded galleries and residential projects around the world.

Liz is named in honor of the site’s former life as Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center, a beacon of hope during the AIDS crisis.