Invasion of the Trendy Doughnut Shops

Saturday, December 1, 2012

By DowntownDC

The doughnut wars are on! District Doughnut, looking to open a shop in Downtown next spring, will offer all natural sugary fried dough in a range of flavors, including cannoli, peanut butter and jelly, dulce de leche and caramel apple streusel. The donuts will be smaller than those sold at doughnut chains and will be made from scratch using local ingredients. As we've already reported, Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken (1308 G Street) will pop on the scene first, opening its new concept in January. After District Doughnut and Astro Doughnut open, there will be no shortage of donut, cupcake and crepe shops in Downtown to satisfy sweet cravings of the floury kind.

What there won’t be is Againn (1099 New York Avenue). The modern gastro pub closed in November after several deliberations with its investors. During its short life—the restaurant opened in 2009—Againn racked up accolades from The New York Times, which saluted its “British soul food” and called it one of “the best new ethnic options the area has to offer”; Washingtonian magazine’s 100 Very Best Restaurants list; and the Washington Post Magazine’s Fall 2010 Dining Guide.