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What should replace midtown’s TreyBCakes?

02/10/2014 2:06 PM

02/10/2014 2:07 PM

Getting the right mix of businesses is crucial in an urban area, especially such a high profile and bustling stretch like the 1800 block of L Street (between 19th and 18th). There’s plenty of stake and the neighborhood’s identity can shift with each new entry into the retail and/or hospitality industry equation.

As we reported recently, TreyBCakes closed its doors after a three-year run on the block. Its presence, featuring cakes and pies and eventually focusing more on cupcakes, made the area something of a dessert hot spot, given that Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates, Devine Gelateria and Yogurtagogo were all nearby.

We’ve received mixed responses to the news that Wahoo’s Fish Taco, a small but respected chain based in Southern California, would be occupying a ground-level retail space in the stylish and upscale 1818 L lofts that had sat vacant since the building opened more than five years ago. That wasn’t quite the prestige eatery some were hoping for, but we’ll keep an open mind and certainly hope it brings something new to the block.

So what would we like to see in the now vacant TreyBCakes space? I threw that question out on Twitter and we got plenty of response.

As someone who writes about restaurants, I was thinking about a new eatery or bar. But a non-food retail establishment would certainly be welcome. Midtown/downtown is weighted heavily toward restaurants, bars and hair salons, suggesting there is an opportunity for a new concept.

Our own Chris Macias was the first to weigh in with a great idea:

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