Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Sweetgreen Activates 1500 Block of Connecticut Ave

After yesterday's talk about some new vegan food options here's some non vegan news about a little new frozen yogurt + joint. And big news for the Dupont neighborhood and Connecticut Avenue scene.

Sweetgreen is opening another location, in the old Riggs Bank building, at 1512 Connecticut Ave NW. This local business combines the frozen yogurt craze and the build-your-own-salad craze into a one stop health/indulgence fest.

American Apparel still plans to open in the retail spaces once occupied by Riggs Bank, then later PNC Bank, on the western side of the 1500 block of Connecticut Ave NW. But Sweetgreen will beat them to it by a mile. That side of the block has been waiting for some retail, or something constructive, for years. The Dupont farmer's market happens weekly, but on the other side of the building, out of sight. By my own judgment, there appear to be 4-6 retail spaces available in this storefront, depending on the nature of and square footage of the tenants. Hopefully, they lease out sooner than later.

Wish I could get excited about this place. Even their prepared salads aren't vegetarian. May give it a go at some point though. Good luck to them.