Christina Tosi opened the first Washington location of Milk Bar about a year and a half ago. Now, she's ready to expand the bakery that she started in New York and has grown to 11 stores around the country and Canada.
The pastry chef and judge on Fox's “MasterChef” and “MasterChef Junior,” famous for such creations as Crack Pie, Compost Cookies and Cereal Milk, said she's been getting a consistent message from the eager-to-expand team at the CityCenterDC shop: “We're hungry. We're ready. Let's go.”
Tosi agrees. She's in the process of scouting for additional Milk Bar locations in Washington — likely two, which could open by the end of the year. Tosi expects one of the new spots to be large enough to incorporate space for baking classes.
“We're not trying to put a Milk Bar on every block,” Tosi said. Instead, she's pinpointing locations where people want to live and play, and the shop can help build “an even larger sense of community,” whether that be with music events, a farmers market or outdoor movies. Neighborhood possibilities include Logan Circle, 14th Street NW, Georgetown, around Nationals Park and the Wharf.
Tosi, who grew up in Springfield, said her ideal location would be somewhere that would be easy for people like her family and friends to zip in and out of from Virginia, or a place that would be a destination where they'd be willing to make a special trip.
Meanwhile, Milk Bar is expanding its local footprint more modestly through a collaboration with &pizza. The chain will sell Cereal Milk cream soda and Cereal Milk cream soda cookies beginning Tuesday.
Milk Bar is also ramping up production on its LIFE line of foods, which includes juices and yogurt parfaits, one of which is a granola riff on the everything-goes-in Compost Cookie. Gluten- and dairy-free cookies (more like power bars) are still to come at the bakeries.