Bayou Bakery Opens on the Hill

Bayou Bakery Opens on the Hill

Celebrity chef David Guas has a new DC outpost of his Arlington café on Capitol Hill. The Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery has just opened at 901 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, in the carriage house of the historic Old Naval Hospital, built in 1866.

The carriage house has some more recent history. In 1990 the nonprofit Community Action Group began operating out of it. CAG, affiliated with Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian Catholic Church, an African American parish, ran a program helping homeless men and women with drug addictions find treatment, housing, and employment. In 2007, when the city and private donors paid millions to turn the main building into the Hill Center, a nonprofit facility teaching kiddie yoga and French cooking, the program for the homeless was evicted from the carriage house to make space for a profit-making restaurant.

Bon appétit.


“Bayou Bakery Opens In Historic Carriage House Near Eastern Market Today,” Jessica Sidman, Washington City Paper

“Get a Taste of Louisiana on Capitol Hill with the Opening of Bayou Bakery,” Anna Spiegel, Washingtonian

“Bayou Bakery on Capitol Hill serves beignets with a side of U.S. history,” Fritz Hahn, Washington Post


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