New Georgetown Restaurants & Retail

While some of us were struggling to make a loaf of banana bread during the pandemic, the truly ambitious were opening new businesses. From critically acclaimed focaccia to an outdoor shipping container bar that spotlights local Black-owned restaurants, and a curated retail collective, check out these new Georgetown shops and restaurants that have opened since March 2020. We’ll update this guide regularly as more new businesses open!

Green Almond Pantry (3210 Grace St)

The Mediterranean cafe counter and market originally debuted in Shaw and was named by Esquire as one of the 22 Best New Restaurants in America in 2019. Crafted by James Beard nominee Cagla Onal, the rotating Georgetown menu will feature a mix of classics – including freshly made focaccia, salads and dips, sandwiches like the beloved eggplant confit and goat feta on a baguette, braised lamb and roasted fish, and an array of cakes served by the slice or whole – plus daily chalkboard specials. A selection of beer and wine is coming soon. Market favorites include tinned fish, imported grains and olive oil.

Foxtrot (1267 Wisconsin Ave)

Foxtrot, Georgetown’s latest neighborhood corner store and delivery market, carries everything from locally roasted coffee to fancy cheese, pints of Ice Cream Jubilee, somm-selected wines and craft beer. A full-service cafe serves lunch options that range from savory danishes to avocado toasts, and a breakfast taco stuffed with pork and chile crisp. Can’t make it to the store? Foxtrot’s delivery service will bring your order to you in under an hour.

Sandlot Georgetown (2715 Pennsylvania Ave)

Created by Suite Nation owner Ian Callender and named as a nod to one of his favorite films, Sandlot is an outdoor cultural event space and shipping container bar pop-up that spotlights local Black-owned restaurants and Black chefs and caterers who can prepare and sell food from an Uber Eats food truck. Chef Spike Mendelsohn announced he’s also launching a PLNT Burger mobile kitchen trailer at Sandlot Georgetown by the end of June. Outdoor seating and restrooms are available onsite.

Mini Me Little Boutique (3236 P St)

For those looking for a gift for the little ones now in your life, this woman-owned shop offers curated gifting for mommies and minis. In addition to adorable baby gifts, the boutique carries mother-daughter matching outfits, vintage toys, European clothing, novelties, and self-care products like candles and body butter.

Budd & Co. (2824 Pennsylvania Ave)

First in the U.S. and unique to the East Coast, Budd & Co. is a house of British brands, bespoke suiting and fine leather accessories. The store carries a full range of men’s shirting, nightwear and accessories from Budd Shirtmakers, in addition to leather goods from Tusting, fine luggage from Globe-Trotter, timepieces from British watchmakers Bremont, and products from the Florentine apothecary Santa Maria Novella. In-house men’s tailoring service is also available. On the women’s front, the store carries pajamas, handbags and accessories. (Photo credit: Robert Spangler)

Duly Noted (1355 Wisconsin Ave)

Duly Noted, a new stationery and gift shop, features a curated selection of paper goods and gift items from makers across the U.S. and the world – from greeting cards to coffee mugs and apothecary products.

Donahue (1338 Wisconsin Ave)

This cocktail bar features both Prohibition classics and drinks with a twist, like the Oaxaca Italiano with mezcal, yellow chartreuse, and Campari. Another cocktail features infused rose air. We don’t know what that means but we’ll drink it. Pair your sips with a seafood tower, oysters and sashimi, or opt for an a la carte appetizer straight from Spain – cured Iberian ham. A private room is available in the back of the upscale lounge, in addition to an outdoor patio space.

Levain Bakery (3131 M St)

The size of a hockey puck, New York City’s famed 6-ounce cookies are massive … and massively delicious. Try the chocolate chip walnut, dark chocolate chocolate chip, dark chocolate peanut butter chip, and oatmeal raisin varieties – plus a gluten-free chocolate chip walnut cookie, and limited edition café con leche. The bakery also features loaf cakes, pastries and brioche, rolls and bread, and coffee.

Reren Lamen & Bar (1073 Wisconsin Ave)

Fresh, hand-pulled noodles are the star of the show at this colorful 2nd floor restaurant. The menu draws from Thailand, Japan and China, and includes handmade dumplings, buns and Lamen – the latter, some of the oldest noodles in the world with an over 4,000-year-old history in China, and a precursor to Japanese Ramen noodles. Afterward, pop into BeauTea on the 1st floor for a bubble tea.

Concept 31/M (3077 M St)

Located in the former Brooks Brother space, Concept 31/M is a curated collective that hosts a revolving selection of brands and experiences, offering retailers both new and old the opportunity experiment with their products, and design and operate their own portion of the store. As many as 10 brands will be featured at any one time, in addition to a coffee bar. Current brands include Laiik hand-crafted sandals; Flex All Day athleisure; social impact jewelry brand Kicheko Goods (each piece of jewelry funds one month of school for one child!), Ubioubi frames, and Isabel Alexander jewelry. Concept 31/M shines a spotlight on local businesses, and eventually expand onto the second level.

Prospect Optika (3252 Prospect St)

Trendy eyewear boutique Prospect Optika is serving up more than perfect vision. In addition to shopping for lenses and frames or bringing in your glasses for repair, enjoy a free cup of coffee while you browse their small library of rare book finds and a tiny record collection – the perfect way to unwind while you wait on a service. Owners Farzana and Oksana are not only experienced in the optical field, but are passionate fashion lovers who like to spend time with their clients to learn more about each unique personality before selecting the right eyewear.

Fine Rugs NY (1251 Wisconsin Ave)

Owned by the Mashihi family since 1916, the shop sells a curated collection of fine antique rugs, vintage and rare rugs, tapestries and fine arts from around the world – while also serving as a consultant and appraiser for many estates. Whether you’re an interior decorator, or just tired of what you stared at every day during quarantine, call 202-758-0801 or email info@finerugsny.com for an appointment.

City Sliders (1529 Wisconsin Ave)

Every kind of slider imaginable is on the menu – from a BLT, to Korean pork belly, brisket, Nashville hot chicken, Banh Mi burger, Angus beef, crispy cod, Cuban, steak & cheese…the list goes on. With a focus on organic, locally grown ingredients, City Sliders also offers vegan and vegetarian sliders (think cauliflower steak and black bean burgers), plus salad bowls and shakes. Don’t miss the charming (and surprisingly hidden) backyard patio.

 

Le Labo Perfumery (3005 M St)

Independent perfumery Le Labo is known for its unique, signature fragrances (Just Bieber himself is a fan), The shop also carries candles, and hair, face, body and grooming products. Each scent is handmade in the shop’s laboratory, using vegan ingredients and natural oils.

Blue Dot (3333 M St)

Founded in 1997 by two designers, this Minneapolis-based modern furniture store retailer features high-quality living, bedroom, dining, office, and outdoor furniture, in addition to lighting, accessories, and pieces made for kids.

Pacers Running (3273 M St)

The family-owned specialty shop carries premier running footwear and gear. In addition to apparel, Pacers hosts a number of races throughout the year; visit their website to sign up!

Officina (1525 Wisconsin Ave)

Chef Nicholas Stefanelli has curated a shopping and dining experience highlighting fine wine, artisanal pastas, specialty snacks, preserves, and more favorites diners know and love from their flagship at the Wharf. The Georgetown space is designed to deliver the finest in Italian gastronomy in an inviting neighborhood space, with a mercato, cafe, and trattoria.

 

Designer Library (1667 Wisconsin Ave)

After launching Designer Library on the road in 2019, Janine Guerin and Chad Mitchell opened their first brick-and-mortar location this week in Georgetown’s Book Hill. The gallery-style showroom offers a curated collection from brands like Made Goods, Elitis, The Vale London, and Zimmer + Rohde, and welcomes clients who are in the market for textiles, wall coverings, lighting, furniture, and outdoor fabrics. Designer Library is open to trade only; visit their website to book a private appointment. (Photo by Angela Newton Roy Photography)

Spicez (1610 Wisconsin Ave)

A one-stop-shop for spices, herbs, desserts and traditional Indian and Eastern food. In addition to a wide variety of spices – from black pepper mustard seeds, to jaggery and dry ginger powder – the shop features a sweets corner. Highlights include a sweet carrot pudding called Gajar ka halwa, and Gulab jamun – soft fried dumplings that are traditionally made of thickened or reduced milk and soaked in rose-flavored sugar syrup. Spiced chai and to-go meals spotlighting Indian and Pakistani cuisine will also be available, with cooking classes planned for the future.

Faherty (3263 M St)

The modern American heritage brand is committed to creating comfortable and high-quality staples, carrying classic men and women’s pieces, alongside seasonal collections.

Cozy Bubble Tea & Coffee (1529 Wisconsin Ave)

Below City Sliders, Cozy Bubble & Tea’s large menu of drinks include boba smoothies, boba milk tea, coffee, and frozen and specialty drinks.

Call Your Mother (3428 O St)

If it’s good enough for President Biden, it’s good enough for us. The “Jew-ish” deli is known city-wide for its bagels and breakfast sandwiches, including the pastrami, egg, and cheese sandwich. Recently, they’ve also gotten into the doughnut game. Try the strawberry shortcake or peanut butter pretzel chocolate.

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