Business Ins & Outs: City Tavern, Bitty & Beau’s, Capital One

In: Leslie Maysak Heads Up City Tavern Preservation Foundation

The City Tavern Preservation Foundation named Leslie Maysak its new executive director.

The foundation said: “Maysak’s background as an Executive Director, combined with her passion for historic preservation and community based institutions will further advance the Foundation’s mission of historic preservation with particular respect to the history and architecture of the Federal era City Tavern, built in 1796 and the oldest operating tavern in Washington, D.C. The City Tavern is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.”

For the past 24 years, Maysak has lived in Georgetown with her family. Most recently, she served as the executive director for the Citizens Association of Georgetown, and before that, executive director for the Georgetown-Burleith Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC 2E).

Maysak oversees all day-to-day operations, programming and fundraising, including planning for the annual holiday gala, scheduled at the City Tavern for Dec. 1.

“I’m thrilled to be given this wonderful opportunity and important responsibility to care for a precious piece of our living history in a building I pass by nearly every day,” Maysak said.

“With the mission and intention to broaden awareness of this landmark property and protect its historic fabric into the future, Leslie’s experience fits well and we are delighted to have her join us,” said Board President Zana Metelski.

The executive director will work out of the historic City Tavern building at 3206 M St. NW, where the foundation, an independent 501(c)(3) holds lectures, events and regular tours in the Georgetown landmark building.

Maysak can be contacted at 

In: Sandro at 33rd & M

Another fashion brand has landed in the former Intermix space at 3300 M St. NW. It’s Sandro Andy S.A.S, commonly known as Sandro Paris, a French ready-to-wear brand founded in Paris in 1984 by Évelyne Chetrite, who has described the philosophy of the brand as “casual but always chic” and “sophisticated but cool.”

Reopened: Bitty & Beau’s Coffee  

After temporarily closing in March, Bitty & Beau’s Coffee, the North Carolina-based company that “reinvented the coffee experience,” reopened at 3207 M Street NW. Named after their two children with Down syndrome, the brand was launched by the Wright family in 2016 and adds that it is “human rights movement disguised as a coffee shop.” 

Closed (Temporarily): Todd Snyder Men’s Wear

Todd Snyder, the recently opened men’s clothing store at 3211 M, has temporarily closed because of a fire on the top floor of the commercial building. The Aug. 14 fire sent smoke billowing from the dormer windows at the top of the three-story building on M Street — and triggered a multi-alarm response from DC Fire & EMS.

Coming: Club Pilates in November

A Club Pilates will be arriving in Georgetown in the former Paddywax Candle Bar space — the second floor above South Moon Under retailer  — at 1065 Wisconsin Ave. NW. The mind-body exercise regimen has been a “movement of movement” since the early 20th century. The boutique fitness company was founded in 2007 in San Diego and is based in Irvine, California with more than 600 franchises in North America.

Club Pilates tells us: “We serve up over eight million workouts each year to our dedicated members … and we’re just getting started. … Pure to Joseph Pilates’s original Reformer-based Contrology Method, but modernized with group practice and expanded state-of-the-art equipment, Club Pilates offers high-quality, life-changing training at a surprisingly affordable price.”

Other D.C. locations are in Tenleytown and Mount Vernon Square. Need more info on the Georgetown location? Email

Q St. Capital One Building to Go Retail

Empty since May 2022, the Capital One bank property at Wisconsin and Q Streets NW has been acquired by Roadside Development and Waterview Capital Management.

The building and its parking lot at 1545 Wisconsin Ave. NW was purchased for $3.15 million and will be redeveloped for retail use. “A great deal,” remarked more than one Georgetown business owner.

“We’re very excited to partner with Waterview on this exciting acquisition,” Roadside partner Jeff Edelstein told the media. “With our long history in urban retail, we feel this property is a perfect fit for our team and we look forward to re-energizing the building with new tenancy.”

Roadside led the City Ridge mixed-use project on Wisconsin Avenue in Friendship Heights.  



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