1.10.2007

CakeLove and Busboys in Shirlington

I may be coming to the conversation a little late, but I just learned that CakeLove and Busboys and Poets are both slated to open in the Village at Shirlington.

CakeLove owner Warren Brown says on his blog that the new location "will be kind of a cross between CakeLove on U St. and Love Cafe. It' about 1,200 square feet which is big enough for a few tables and chairs along with all of our baking equipment. The menu will consist of the whole cakes for pick-up and walk-ins, slices of cakes, cupcakes + our cake-like pastries, coffee and espresso, and a limited selection of sandwiches and salads."

And there's big news from Brown for the cold cake critics out there (and you know who you are): "[I]f anyone wants a cupcake with the frosting soft and right out of the mixer, we'll have that too. We're toying with the idea of frosting all the cupcakes per order—just like ice cream is served—so the cake is handed over when it's creamy and fluffy."

The Village at Shirlington is located in Arlington, just off 395 on the Glebe Road/Shirlington exit.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

i don't know, another busboys location just doesn't sound like it would have the save vibe as the current one, and it might even tarnish the great vibe there now. maybe i'm just stupid, but that was my first thought when i read this

Amanda said...

I don't think that's a stupid thought. The original Busboys has managed to achieve the elusive goal of many businesses in the neighborhood — a truly diverse, racially mixed clientele. No doubt it would be difficult to replicate elsewhere.

But if their goal is, simply enough, to be a neighborhood "third place" then I think they'll be able to find a new niche to fill in Shirlington.

Michael said...

the concern about replication seems odd ... why would we assume or worry about what will happen in Shirlington; it's not like anyone is being asked to leave DC. Aren't there enough interesting people in this world who can create a new dynamic in a new location even if they are more white, Latin or whatever ... even Virginian.

Anonymous said...

Hi Amanda,

Came across your food blog recently and have been enjoying your posts. Even inspired me to finally put one up myself.

I'd have to agree w/ Michael -- so long as the DC-based locations aren't affected, what's the worry of them opening ones in Shirlington? Lucky for the Shirlingtonians, really.

Amanda said...

Sure, and in the case of Busboys, the goal should be to reflect that neighborhood, not try to replicate the DC location.

Anonymous said...

I live in Shirlington, and I gotta say, welcome news! Most of the restaurants in that strip are so weak I hardly go there. This is just the vibe we need.

itssoyesterday said...

As Wonkette asked earlier this week, people still eat at Busboys?????

Italian Chef said...

I have to agree with anonymous in saying that most of the dining in shirlington is pretty weak. It's a nice little area that has gotten better over the years and what it really needs are more great dining spots.