With a unique twist, homegrown Sweetgreen made its return to its original Georgetown location at 3333 M St. NW on Sept. 25 with the opening of the Tavern — which was previously, indeed, a Little Tavern hamburger joint, a classic Washington chain now defunct. The rehabbed historic structure at the corner of Bank Street and M, full of greasy burgers years ago, is now home to fresh produce and cool merchandise.
The Tavern features high-quality products and produce from more than 30 local makers and farmers — including favorites like A Baked Joint, South Block and La Colombe — chosen with the help of local restaurateur Nick Wiseman.
While the small store is not a Sweetgreen per se, it does sell Sweetgreen’s beloved frozen yogurt — with an upgrade by local purveyor Dolcezza Gelato.
Last year, Sweetgreen relocated its headquarters from D.C. to Culver City, California. The company has 64 stores — from D.C., Maryland and Virginia to California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania — and more than 1,700 employees.
It’s been 11 years since Georgetown University graduates Nicolas Jammet, Jonathan Neman and Nathaniel Ru opened their first Sweetgreen restaurant on M Street NW. On Sept. 15, the trio opened a new location in the neighborhood where their business idea first took off.