Business Ins & Outs Sept. 26, 2018

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By Stephanie Green and Robert Devaney

Update: Fresh Baguette by November
Bethesda’s Fresh Baguette will be open for business at 1737 Wisconsin Ave. NW, on the corner of S Street, by late October or early November, we’ve heard from bakery staff. Thedelay is due to the relocation of the baking equipment and other technicalities.

Peacock Cafe Owners Expanding to Dupont
One of Georgetown’s best brunch spots, Peacock Cafe at 3251 Prospect St. NW, is about to get a sibling. Peacock co-owners and brothers Maziar and Shahab Farivar have signed a lease for 2100 P St. NW near Dupont Circle, where they plan to open a sister bistro early next year. Replacing the closed Scion, the 2,800-square-foot restaurant will seat 80 indoors, with an additional 30 seats for al fresco dining, according to the Washington Business Journal. Papadopoulos Properties represented Peacock in the lease deal. Like the original, the new digs will include a bar, but its menu will have a more Mediterranean and international flavor. Despite the early buzz on the new spot, the Farivar brothers haveassured us that the Georgetown location isn’t going anywhere.

In: The Tavern (First Sweetgreen)

Sweetgreen made its return to its original Georgetown location at 3333 M St. NW Sept. 25 with the opening of the Tavern — which was previously, indeed, a Little Tavern hamburger joint, a classic Washington business now defunct. The Tavern will feature high-quality products and produce from more than 30 local makers and farmers (including favorites like A Baked Joint, South Block, La Colombe), chosen with the help of local restaurateur Nick Wiseman. Also returning is Sweetgreen’s beloved frozen yogurt — with an upgrade by local purveyor Dolcezza Gelato.

Glück Auf! Old Europe at 70
Oktoberfest began last weekend in Munich, giving Old Europe, Washington’s favorite German restaurant, another excuse to celebrate its 70th anniversary, which owner Alex Herold officially marked in April. The Glover Park landmark at 2434 Wisconsin Ave. NW was founded in 1948 by Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany. It’s one of a handful of Washington restaurants still in its original location. Herold’s father, also a German immigrant, took over the business in 1972, eventually passing it along to Alex, who grew up speaking Deutsch and lived in Germany for several years. He says he’s proud that Old Europe’s original owners defied the city’s acceptance of racial segregation in restaurants in decades past. And he’s kept a tradition of inviting tour groups from the Holocaust Museum to dine at Old Europe so they can learn about the restaurant’s courageous heritage. On a lighter note (though not for calorie-counters), Alex has beefed up his menu for the busy Oktoberfest season with richer beers and heartier fare. Prosit!

Ella-Rue: Trunk Show, Pop-up

Ella Rue, the sophisticated consignment boutique at 3231 P St. NW, will have a “sip and ship with designer Heather Morra” and its best-selling jewelry line — 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28 and 29 — morradesigns.com. On the same weekend, Ella-Rue will be part of a Wylie Grey fall pop-up at 1218 Potomac St. NW — 3 to 7 p.m., Sept. 28; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sept. 29; noon to 6 p.m., Sept. 30.

Deliver Hot: Domino’s to Glover Park

The Domino’s Pizza shop, for decades at 3255 Prospect St. NW, will be moving up to the 2400 block of Wisconsin Ave. NW because the property is slated for redevelopment as condos. The new spot will open by the end of October.

CORRECTION: The Sept. 12th Georgetowner incorrectly reported that Town Hall was looking for a buyer. This is wrong, and Town Hall isn’t going anywhere. The Georgetowner regrets the error.

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