The wait is over: we finally know what will fill the historic carriage house on the grounds of the Old Naval Hospital. David Guas will open a second Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery this fall on Capitol Hill.
If you have never been to the Arlington location, take a trip to try the authentic New Orleans-style beignets and other treats. I’m a huge fan of this bakery and hope that this will help create even more of a reason for folks to cross over to the east side of the Eastern Market Metro plaza.
The official press release from the Hill Center:
Hill Center’s Historic Carriage House to Become Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery
Historic rehabilitation to begin spring 2014
Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital is proud to announce that chef David Guas will open Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery this fall in the historic carriage house on the Old Naval Hospital campus on Capitol Hill.
A renowned chef whose muff-a-lottas were named one of the Best Sandwiches in the U.S. by Food & Wine Magazine, Guas is a regular guest on the Today Show and will be the host and co-judge of American Grilled on the Travel Channel, premiering this summer. This is his first venture in DC and the second Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery for Guas, whose first location is in Arlington, VA.
Full of Southern character and casual appeal, Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery is a downhome, Southern eatery that will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner featuring seasonal choices. With savory comfort fare, signature desserts, and superior and sustainable coffees from around the world, its operating style and ambiance will fully complement the high-quality, family-friendly and vibrant offerings that the community values at Hill Center.
“The addition of Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery in the carriage house represents the final step in the historic rehabilitation of the Old Naval Hospital campus and completes the original vision for Hill Center, culminating over a decade of work by the Capitol Hill community,” says Guy Martin, president of the Old Naval Hospital Foundation, which founded and governs Hill Center. “The collaboration will give us an even more inviting campus, where people of all ages and backgrounds can gather for meetings, lectures, performances, gallery exhibitions, or other events, or simply enjoy a meal with their neighbors.”
As with the Old Naval Hospital’s main building, rehabilitation of the carriage house will respect the site’s history and heritage. The 19thcentury interior will maintain many of its original elements including the original exposed brick walls and floors, as well as hay and grain chutes. The Old Naval Hospital, commissioned by President Lincoln in 1864 to care for wounded Civil War sailors, has a rich and varied history prior to its development as Hill Center, a vibrant home for culture, arts and education. The site’s carriage house served as a stable in the era when the Naval Hospital relied on horse-drawn ambulances.
“The Old Naval Hospital Foundation was diligent in its search for the right operator to revitalize the carriage house and we believe that chef David Guas and his team will be an excellent steward of its history,” Martin continues. “Bayou Bakery Coffee Bar & Eatery is exactly what we have been looking for – family-friendly, reasonably priced, great food, and open all day. Getting an award-winning, nationally-known chef and TV personality is a bonus!”
In 2013, over 40,000 people participated in a wide array of Hill Center programs, such as concerts, book signings, film screenings, language classes, cooking classes, youth programming and mindful motion classes. Special events such as weddings, baby showers, corporate trainings, annual meetings and fundraisers also find their home at Hill Center, which is located at 921 Pennsylvania Avenue SE. For more information about Hill Center, visit http://hillcenterdc.org.