Business Ins + Outs


IN: Floating Food Boat Arrives on the River

Thanks to Nauti Foods, D.C’s first food boat, paddlers on the Potomac River can now grab a quick bite to eat. Nauti Foods partners with local food vendors, such as Dolcezza Gelato, Bullfrog Bagels and Sticky Fingers, to offer a wide variety of snacks to anyone on the Potomac.

“We will be serving a variety of food on our boat,” said Ari Fingeroth, co-founder of Nauti Foods. “Hot dogs, healthy snacks, baked goods, ice cream and non-alcoholic drinks on board.”

“I have been boating for 15 years now,” Fingeroth said. “I think there is a high demand for quick access to food amongst the kayakers on the river. So, I came up with the idea of floating food boats.”

The Nauti Foods boat is stationed north of Key Bridge on Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons and evenings. The business hours are flexible, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays; Noon to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.

IN: Kate Spade New M Street Store Opens Aug. 16

Kate Spade New York is moving into the larger former Juicy Couture space. At the same time, Kate Spade Saturday is expected to move into the current Kate Spade space on M Street. According to EastBanc, Kate Spade at 3034 M St., NW, will open Aug. 16. The new space is bigger, the company says, with 5,421 square feet.

IN: Cafe Mayo Opens on Dumbarton Street

A new sandwich joint, Cafe Mayo has opened at 3147 Dumbarton St., NW, in the space which once sold adult toys and before that comic books. The eatery served up a wide range of sandwiches, including Cuban sandwiches, banh mi and meatball subs as well as egg salad and a kids’ menu.

IN: Calligaris to Open on M Street

Calligaris — the Italy-based store for home furnishings — signed a lease at 3328 M St., NW, with 5,000 square feet in the Design District and Cady’s Alley on the west side of Georgetown, according to retail developer EastBanc, Inc., and Jamestown. Moving up from Wisconsin Avenue, Calligaris joins Bo Concept, Boffi-Maxalto, Contemporaria and Donghia and other high-end design stores.

CORRECTION: No Quiznos Coming

In the July 2 Georgetowner, it was reported that Darrell Dean Antiques & Decorative Arts store at 1524 Wisconsin Ave., NW, was about to close and would re-open its business in Kensington, Md. That is correct. It was reported the vacated space would become a Quiznos. That is incorrect. A representative of the landlord called the newspaper to assert that no Quiznos was coming.

IN: Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop Coming to Georgetown

The Delaware-based sandwich shop Capriotti’s plans to open at 34th and M Streets, NW, in the long-vacant building that housed Philadelphia Cheesesteak Factory and before that the famed Cellar Door music venue.

There is a Capriotti’s already in downtown near Dupont Circle at 18th and M Streets, NW, run by franchisee George Vincent Jr., who confirmed the expansion to Georgetown at 3347 M St., NW. Last week, Capriotti’s opened a Rosslyn location. The Virginia store, boasting the company’s iconic brick wall logo, is the inaugural restaurant for the franchise in the state, and is located at 1500 Wilson Blvd.

Established in 1976 in Wilmington, Del., Capriotti’s has distinguished itself from other sandwich shops by slow-roasting whole, all-natural turkeys in-house each night and hand-pulling the meat the next morning for its signature subs. It is touted as a favorite spot of Vice President Joe Biden, formerly a senator from Delaware.

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