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Mason Dixie Biscuit Co. shifts to Union Market

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Less than a week after ending a three-week residency at food incubator and pop-up restaurant EatsPlace, Mason Dixie Biscuit Co. is poised to move into a new home, at least temporarily. The biscuit shop announced today that, starting this week, it will be open Thursdays through Sundays at Union Market throughout November, and possibly longer.

Mason Dixie had been holding pop-ups at various locations around Washington since summer, beginning with a weekend-long stint in August at the Dolcezza gelato factory near Union Market. In September, Mason Dixie won Launch Pad, a food entrepreneur competition that netted a $500,000 investment and six-month membership at culinary incubator Mess Hall.

Since then, the biscuit shop has been moving at lightning speed, says CEO Ayeshah Abuelhiga. "We never in a million years" expected the way the concept has been received, she says.

"People talk to us like we've been open for years," she says. "It's been three months."

Mason Dixie's popularity was one of the reasons Abuelhiga, executive chef Jason Gehring and managing chef Mo Cherry decided it was time to pull out of EatsPlace and focus on finding their own location, Abuelhiga says. The schedule at the pop-up didn't allow Mason Dixie to serve on weekends, which is what customers wanted.

Abuelhiga says she'd always been interested in opening at Union Market, but attributes to "serendipity" the fact that space at the market coincided with the team's search for a location.

Mason Dixie's menu includes an array of sandwiches and platters centered around its buttermilk biscuits. Previous options have included fried chicken, pulled pork or cucumbers and gouda on a biscuit, in addition to plates featuring sausage or mushroom gravy. The Union Market menu will feature one platter with gravy and one sandwich each day, available from 8 a.m. until they sell out. Sides and beverages may be offered too.

Mason Dixie was recently joined on the scene by fellow pop-up Biscuit Lab, which is currently serving its fare on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lyman's Tavern in Columbia Heights.

Mason Dixie Biscuit Co. at Union Market, 1309 Fifth St. NE. www.masondixiebiscuits.com. Open Thursdays-Sundays from 8 a.m. until sold out.

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