Owners Tony Velazquez and his wife Teresa recently hired a bread baker and are waiting for their new bread oven to be delivered from France (it’s currently en route on a ship from the land of baguettes).
The Baked & Wired owners had considered opening a second location of the same concept as their Georgetown store, but ruled it out. The Georgetown store, 1052 Thomas Jefferson St. NW, celebrated 13 years in business in April.
“We’re established here and there’s a perception of what that store should be and we thought it would be hard to duplicate,” said Velazquez.
They are hoping to lease 4,000 square feet to house a bread bakery, retail space and cafe seating. Should they secure the lease, he plans to have an open kitchen where you can see bakers hard at work making the bread and smell the process while you enjoy an espresso.
While the Georgetown shop is known for its large, decadent cupcakes, the Mt. Vernon shop will focus more less on sweets.
There will be loaves for sale, a “toast bar” with homemade spreads that change with the time of day, espresso and a light menu.
“We want to make it an experience,” said Velazquez.
He sees Mt. Vernon becoming “the next 14th Street” in four or five years and anticipates being part of the growing community there.
“Down the road it has a lot of potential. We think we fit well in that community,” said Velazquez.
The Georgetown location has seating inside and a few tables outside. Baked & Wired often hosts events like open mic nights, art shows and other community-engaging gatherings.
Velazquez says he wants the new venue to be much like the Georgetown location in that it is a gathering place.
“We’re a local place,” Velazquez said of his and his wife’s business, soon to be businesses.
Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner for The Lyric and surrounding area, Marge Maceda, said the community with its several large high-ride buildings filled with residents would definitely support a new coffee shop. The other immediately close coffee shops are both chains: a Starbucks in the Safeway and a new Le Pain Quotidien on Massachusetts Avenue.
Maceda called the bakery concept a “welcome, welcome addition” that would fit well at The Lyric.
“There’s not really a hang out space,” in Mt. Vernon, said Velazquez. “That’s what we would like this place to be.”
If all goes according to plan the new venture will open in early 2015.