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Georgetown’s New Baguette Stop
Belgian bakery chain Le Pain Quotidien hits M Street
But Le Pain Quotidien has a Euro authenticity that many competitors, with their faux French-countryside decor, don’t totally achieve. The bread company’s roots go back to Brussels, the flagship location, where quirky chef Alain Coumont tested dough recipes until he got the perfect one. Now the company has cafes all over, from Dubai to Aix-en-Provence to London’s ritzy Kensington neighborhood. Before the move into DC, production manager Casey Gleason—a Georgetown University grad—advertised positions on Alliance Française de Washington’s Web site in hopes of finding a French-speaking staff.
We hear there are more Le Pains in the pipeline—expect to see them popping up in Bethesda, Old Town Alexandria, and Dupont Circle.
Le Pain Quotidien, 2815 M St., NW; 202-315-5420; lepainquotidien.com.
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