The owner of Againn plans to open a “grab and go” source for baked goods and pedigreed coffee in the glass-and-steel Columbia Center at 1152 15th St. NW (hey, that’s right next to the Washington Post!) next month.
Mark Weiss says Bean and Bite will offer croissants, baguettes, cookies and English-style dishes prepared in the kitchen of his nearby gastropub, along with build-your-own salads, drip coffee and espresso from purveyors including Intelligentsia and PT’s.
The food and drink will be displayed in a mere 1,345 square feet of rustic space; picture concrete walls and reclaimed wood. “We won’t open with any seats initially,” says Weiss, CEO of the Whisk Group, which is behind both spots.
Weiss also announced a new chef at Againn. Cameron MacFarlane comes to Washington from England and a restaurant brand called The Living Room , where the Scotsman was the operating chef for 14 branches.
MacFarlane, 32, will also unveil a fresh menu at Againn on May 7. British food, he says, “has so many influences from other countries: Thai, Indian, Chinese.” Don’t be surprised, then, when biting into his salmon fish cake: It’s been sharpened with lemongrass.