Business Ins & Outs June 20, 2018


By Stephanie Green and Robert Devaney

In: The Dough Jar
The Dough Jar is a sweet shop that thinks outside the ice cream cone and cupcake. The store sells fun-sized cups of cookie dough, as in that stuff you raid the freezer in the middle of a stress-induced eating rampage for. According to the company, the Dough Jar will open a scoop shop at 1332 Wisconsin Ave. NW (former space of cream puff joint Beard Papa’s) in two weeks. A launch party for its sweets-obsessed followers is planned. “Made in UnionKitchen, Ivy City,” the woman-owned business has several locations around the city and is a hit at catered parties with its cookie dough bars, bites and, yes, even “cookie dough shots.” They can’t get here fast enough as far as we’re concerned.

Later: Mono Diner
We will have to wait a few more months, however, for the opening of Mono Diner at 1424 Wisconsin Ave. NW. We have now confirmed an “early September” opening date with the general manager, who tells us the diner will only be open 24 hours on weekends initially. It will stay open until 10 p.m. during the work week.

In: Capital Tailor
All these calories may require some tailoring or a new wardrobe. The Capital Tailor, offering custom-made suits and by-appointment and walk-in alterations, will open at 3214 O St. NW in July, according to CEO Raiza Bonaparte. Its June opening was delayed due to the“Wonder Woman 1984” filming.

In: Dyllan’s Raw Bar to Fill Sea Catch Space

A new restaurant is finally coming to the shuttered Sea Catch restaurant space in Canal Square at 1054 31st St. NW. With a large dining space and side porch along the C&O Canal, Sea Catch closed in January 2017, to the surprise of many longtime patrons. The new Dyllan’s Raw Bar Grill is just gearing up, renovating and interviewing potential employees. The owner, a new business, Good Apple Hospitality, says Dyllan’s is expected to open by the end of July.

Out: Restoration Hardware by July?

With convenience store Wawa slated to open at 1222 Wisconsin Ave. NW by the end of the year, it looks like the end is near for the space’s current occupant, Restoration Hardware. The Washington Business Journal reports: “We’re told that store isexpected to close soon, perhaps by the end of June.” (Summer store-closing sales, anyone?) There is already a Wawa downtown at 1111 19th St. NW, the first store in a big Washington-area expansion by the company.

Out: Simit & Smith
Simit & Smith, the Turkish bakery and cafe at 1077 Wisconsin Ave. NW, has closed after opening less than two years ago. The Little-Bit-of-Istanbul shop’s signature menu item was the simit, which is — more or less — a Turkish bagel, a traditional bread eaten throughout the Balkans and the Mediterranean. Along with wraps and doner kebab, the place also offered Turkish delight candies.

Anniversaries . . .

Happy 2nd to the Avery

The Avery, the boutique hotel at 2616 P St. NW, just turned two years old. Congratulations to proprietors Justin and Samantha Schneck for their popular neighborhood spot and for being good neighbors. The hotel is named for their first child.

Independents Day Is Coming

Speaking of the Georgetown BID: Fourth of July celebrations are coming a few days early thanks to Georgetown small businesses. They are banding together for Independents Day Georgetown on Saturday, June 30, when some 30 neighborhood shops and eateries will offer special discounts and giveaways. Stop by the TD Bank lot on Wisconsin Avenue for popcorn, popsicles and an all-American hot dog. For details and a list of participating businesses, visit

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