Sugar Factory seems like it was genetically engineered for Instagram. The brasserie chain is so photogenic and so often besieged by celebrities that it might be statistically impossible that a photo of the lavish candy shop-eatery hybrid hasn’t crossed your feed.
Sugar Factory has a new location at the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, and it brought “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” star Scott Disick to grace its grand opening last Thursday. Fans (read: teens) flocked to the scene as Disick posed for photos and later sat down to eat with two of his and Kourtney Kardashian’s three kids, Mason, 7, and Penelope, 5.
The Arlington spot, which has been open since late May, is the second D.C.-area Sugar Factory (a smaller Union Station location opened in 2015), but Disick says he thinks this addition will bring the “sweet side of things” to the area. “Obviously there’s a lot of tourism here, so it’ll be fun for people,” he adds.
The 200-seat location boasts that same over-the-top, eccentric menu that draws people — and their cameras — to the restaurant: a candy-themed cocktail list, fancy crepes, enormous burgers, “insane” milkshakes (one comes with a lollipop, a Sugar Daddy candy and a slice of cheesecake piled on top) and a $99 King Kong Sundae (topped with sparklers). And don’t forget the chain’s signature two-serving “goblets” — 60-ounce concoctions of fruit juice, liquor and candy served over dry ice for a smoky effect. It’s all dying to be Boomeranged and filtered for your followers to marvel at.
So what’s Disick’s dish of choice?
“I always get this one salad. I’m not sure what it’s called, but I think it has pepperoni in it,” he says. “It almost tastes like you’re eating a pizza and a salad.”
Turns out, it’s called the Garbage Salad.