You gotta love all the goings-on taking place in Downtown retail. Opening this month: Anthropologie (950 F Street), the women’s apparel and accessory chain; Le Pain Quotidien (975 F Street), the casual French eatery; and Corner Bakery Café (777 6th Street), offering hearth-baked breads, sandwiches, salads, soups and home-style sweets. By year’s end Leica Camera will join Le Pain Quotidien in the Carroll Square building, owned by Akridge (601 13th Street) and Seaton Benkowski & Partners. Both retailers have signed 10-year leases, filling the last available retail bays in the building, now 100% leased. Leica’s boutique—the company’s first stand-alone store in the country—will include a product showroom, image gallery, and a studio.
Jimmy John’s (1101 14th Street), the sub franchise “established in Charleston, Illinois, in 1983 to add to students’ GPA and general dating ability” (ah, a company with a sense of humor), will open this fall, as will The Federalist (1177 15th Street), which will be located in the Madison Hotel and serving up dishes inspired by 18th century American food lovers. In addition, Caldo (300 Massachusetts Avenue), an Italian restaurant, plans to open in the Mass Court apartment building. No word yet on a date. Already up and running: Hard Times Café, the award-winning chili and wings eatery that opened as a concession stand in the Verizon Center (601 F Street) last month.
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