The Slowest Week in Review

It hasn't been the most exciting of weeks in restaurant buzz land. No celebrity chefs staking their claim on the food frontier, no juicy rumors to drool over and now comes news that Balducci's has backed out of its plans to open a store in Penn Quarter.

I was clicking around on their Web site earlier this week, hoping to find out when the new store would be opening, but I noticed the Seventh Street location was no longer listed in their store locator. I just thought it was a mistake. But the Washington Business Journal reports that the plans are off the table. It could have been such a great addition to downtown. *sigh*

As we head off into the weekend, here's hoping next week will bring better news.


Anonymous said...

Any news on the new Trader Joe's that was supposed to open in the West End? I just checked their website and didn't see anything.

Anonymous said...

Trader Joe's is supposedly a sure thing at the Columbia Condominium Development in the Foggy Bottom area.

In related grocery news, I've heard a rumor that the Citadel development in Adams Morgan (17th and Kalorama), once slated for a Harris Teeter, is now the future home to another Whole Foods. I can't imagine WF establishing a store so close to its P Street location. Metrocurean--any word on this rumor?

Amanda said...

This came from DCist on the Trader Joe's recently:
"And it's long been believed that a Trader Joe's will open on the 25th Street side this summer -- though a recent chat with Trader Joe's customer relations suggests that nothing is set in stone. According to TJ's, the company has yet to sign a lease at the site and building permits are still in the works. The company says, even if the legal stuff goes according to plan, that the store likely wouldn't open until July at the earliest."

As for the Whole Foods rumor, I haven't heard that. It does seem too close to the P St. location but I bet the neighborhood could more than support it.

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