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D.C. Gelato Giant Dolcezza Will Close Five of Its Cafes in October

The company will still sell gelato and coffee in the Hirshhorn Museum and Fairfax’s Mosaic District

Dolcezza owners Violeta Edelman and Robb Duncan are seen processing ingredients for gelato
Dolcezza owners Violeta Edelman and Robb Duncan are closing five of their gelato shops.
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Dolcezza, the boutique gelato shop that has opened cafes all over the D.C. area and launched a national wholesale business over the past 16 years, announced today it will close five of its nine locations throughout October.

Robb Duncan and Violeta Edelman, the couple who owns the company, posted a statement to Dolcezza’s website and social media channels saying stores will shut down in the following locations:

  • Logan Circle
  • The CityCenterDC development in Penn Quarter
  • The Wharf development on the Southwest Waterfront
  • Dupont Circle
  • Bethesda, Maryland

“We will miss seeing you at these shops but know that we will keep finding ways to get our gelato – and the Dolcezza spirit – into your freezers and hearts. We hope you will come spend some time with us over the next couple weeks,” the Dolcezza statement says. “THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING THAT YOU ARE!”

Those locations represent some of the city’s highest rents. Penn Quarter, in particular, has been hit hard by the novel coronavirus as crowds of office workers and tourists that normally flood the neighborhood are tele-working and otherwise staying home. The Logan Circle store, located on the same stretch of P Street NW as the Whole Foods that sparked the neighborhood’s upscale transformation, has become a classic “third place” for dates, study sessions, and friendly gatherings.

According to the statement, Dolcezza will continue to sell Stumptown coffee, pastries, and gelato full of farm-sourcing flavors like mascarpone and berries, strawberry tarragon, Sicilian pistachio, and valrhona dark chocolate at its lobby coffee counter in D.C.’s Hirshhorn art museum and at its two shops in the Mosaic District development in Fairfax, Virginia.

Dolcezza’s Factory and Coffee Lab, opened in the Union Market district in 2014, appears to have been spared as well. The company had already closed its original location, in Georgetown, in 2018.

Duncan did not respond to Eater requests for comment after a Popville post first flagged the Logan Circle cafe was closing soon.

Unlike many food businesses facing an existential threat during the COVID-19 crisis, Dolcezza has a robust retail operation that includes selling pints in Whole Foods across the country and 1,500 other organic grocers.

Here’s the full statement from Duncan and Edelman:

Dolcezza

1418 14th Street Northwest, , DC 20005 (202) 817-3900 Visit Website

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