Foxtrot, the bougie convenience store and cafe with a delivery app that carries everything from boutique groceries and sunscreen to hard seltzer, will continue its rapid D.C. expansion with a new store coming to Dupont Circle. The Chicago import plans to open its third D.C. outpost in October at 1601 Connecticut Avenue NW. In addition to carrying proprietary products and groceries from small, local producers, the newest Foxtrot will add a charcuterie bar, sandwiches made on-site, a bigger-than-usual wine selection, and a cafe using beans from Vigilante Coffee Company in Hyattsville, Maryland.
Foxtrot recently named Momofuku CCDC alum Tae Strain as the corporate executive chef charged with designing grab-and-go breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks across the company. Along with an on-demand retail inventory that reaches locals in under an hour, the versatile shop also hosts wine tastings and happy hour. Following a $17 million fundraising round in early 2020, the brand banked on its app-based delivery platform during the pandemic and planted a pair of D.C. locations in Georgetown and Mt. Vernon Triangle.
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- Duck Donuts, the quirky sweets chain known for its bacon-topped spheres and made-to-order creations, is en route to West Springfield’s Old Keene Mill shopping center next year, per a Tweet from WBJ’s Michael Neibauer.
- Waldorf’s family-run fried fish and chicken shack Hen & Fin recently opened a location at 4532 Georgia Avenue NW, flagged Popville.
- Celebrity chef Spike Mendelsohn’s two-year-old PLNT Burger just opened its tenth stall inside Whole Foods Market in Rockville, Maryland (11355 Woodglen Drive).
- Purcellville, Virginia, distillery Catoctin Creek just wrapped up a $1 million upgrade to triple production capacity with a shiny new copper pot still. Loudoun County’s first legal distillery since Prohibition, founded by Scott and Becky Harris in 2013 in a former Buick dealership, also replaced its 100-year-old flooring with fresh concrete.