Sometimes new ventures in DC can be so complicated; they want to be a cupcakery, and a chocolatier and sell obscure French wines. But the concept for BakeHouse is so simple: they just want to bake.
Niall Cooper and Lindsey Morseâ€™s BakeHouse came out on top of the last Grey Market DC, which Niall says was a good experience for the duo. â€śWe received so many nice, encouraging words; people saying it was great, that they love local businesses.â€ť
First, though, they need a building.
The shop is coming to the corner of 14th and T this fall, with construction on the building set to begin in two weeks. The address is actually on T Street, just west of 14th. TheÂ developer plans to build a fill-inÂ (in the space pictured above) just to the east of the now-vacant old Post Office building (initial plans fell throughÂ for a restaurant there).
The couple have a clear vision for their store and it feels like homemade plus adventure. â€śWe feel strongly about using seasonal, fresh, local ingredients, everything made the day of. As flavor profiles, we really like taking classic things and putting a modern twist on it,â€ť said Lindsey.
Niall echos his wife, â€śItâ€™s comfort food, you know it, but itâ€™s just elevated a little.â€ť
In their store youâ€™ll see bacon & date scones, lemon & poppy scones, bourbon pecan cupcakes, chocolate and candied ginger cupcakes, mini spicy cinnamon chocolate tarts, and Chinese five spice sugar cookies.
For the record, they have three menu items I am already drooling over: brioche cinnamon rolls with Bailey’s cream cheese frosting, French toast bread pudding or their caramelized onion, chanterelle andÂ GruyĂ¨re Quiches.
Theyâ€™ll also serve specialty teas and coffee and already have a local roaster in mind. And if weâ€™re lucky, theyâ€™ll soon solidify their plans for a brunch menu as well â€” made-to-order waffles, brioche, quiches and tarts.
With the wave of food trucks in the DC area, you might be surprised that they decided to open a brick and mortar shop, but Cooper insists that a storefront allows people to watch the ingredients come to life and gives them a chance to watch people enjoy their food. Lindsey and Niall are Borderstan residents, and they want BakeHouse to be the kind of place their neighbors frequent. As far as their own favorites in Borderstan, they enjoy Bar Pilar, CafĂ© Saint-Ex, Vinoteca and The Greek Spot.
And if youâ€™re worried about it being Georgetown Cupcakes all over again, donâ€™t.Â â€śWe like cupcakes, and weâ€™re definitely going to do them, but theyâ€™re just a corner of our business,â€ť says Niall.