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Le Diplomate’s Beloved Breads Go on Sale at a Tiny Bakery by Union Market

Plus, a handful of Labor Day specials from Georgetown to Northern Virginia

Le Diplomate’s popular breads will be available for sale at a new Union Market microstore.
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Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

The complimentary French breads that lure customers into busy Logan Circle brasserie Le Diplomate will soon be available outside the restaurant, Starr Restaurants announced. A 100-square-foot “microshop” called Bread Alley will open behind sibling spot St. Anselm on Monday, September 6, with crusty baguettes, multigrain levain boules, and cranberry-walnut boules. Daily hours in the Morse Street NE alley between Fourth and Fifth Streets are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (or sell-out). The shop will also eventually add croissants, pastries, and other specialty breads on a rotating basis, along with local jams, butter, honey, and salts.

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  • Trummer’s in Clifton, Virginia, is offering a to-go Labor Day shrimp boil ($46 per person) with littleneck clams, Andouille sausage, fingerling potatoes, and other traditional trimmings. Order pickup for Saturday, September 4.
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  • The Wharf’s Southwest shuttle, the key transit connector between its waterfront restaurants and the L’Enfant Metro station, is back in business.