Kirk and Juliann Francis Credit: Captain Cookie and the Milkman

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Ice cream sandwich savants Kirk and Juliann Francis will open their third brick-and-mortar shop on July 2, when Captain Cookie and the Milkman moves into the former Pitango Gelato space at 660 7th St. SE. “We were thrilled with the foot traffic and the vibe on 7th Street,” Kirk says. “Peregrine Espresso and Bullfrog Bagels were already on that block. We’re moving into a neighborhood with friends on both sides.” 

Start by ordering the chocolate chip cookie, which Kirk has been perfecting since he was four years old, and move on to trying every flavor you’d expect to see at a school bake sale, only with top-notch ingredients: peanut butter, snickerdoodle, oatmeal raisin, funfetti, and ginger molasses. Combine any cookie with ice cream from local producers to make an ice cream sandwich.

Captain Cookie used to source dairy and ice cream from Trickling Springs before the Pennsylvania-based creamery closed following allegations of fraud. More recently, Kirk and Juliann have turned to Ice Cream Jubilee and South Mountain Creamery

In addition to freshly baked cookies, milk for dunking, scoops of ice cream, and milkshakes, Captain Cookie plans to continue selling the bake-at-home cookie kits that it rolled out this spring during the COVID-19 pandemic. They’ll also sell small scoops of vanilla ice cream for dogs to lap up on the store’s patio. 

The pandemic forced the married couple to dig up the do-it-yourself skills they needed when they opened their first shop in Foggy Bottom in 2015. “I painted everything myself,” Kirk says. “It’s a heartwarming story of getting scrappy during hard times,” Juliann adds. “We took on a lot of the construction work ourselves.” 

There is also a Captain Cookie location in Brookland, plus three food trucks. The homegrown company offers catering and cookie cakes for parties, which they hope are a hit on Capitol Hill once lawmakers and their staffs return to work at full strength. 

Eastern Market’s Captain Cookie and the Milkman will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily starting July 2. 

Captain Cookie and the Milkman, 660 7th St. SE; captaincookiedc.com