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The fine dining wing of Pineapple and Pearls, the sister restaurant to Rose’s Luxury, is still a couple months away from opening. But this morning, chef Aaron Silverman debuted a takeout cafe in the front portion of the space, serving coffee and a small selection of sandwiches and sweets.
As of 9:30 a.m., there was—get this—no line, although a handful of people had reportedly arrived at the cafe 15 minutes prior to the 8 a.m. opening.
Brooklyn’s Parlor Coffee supplies the coffee, which can be combined with alternative milks like pistachio, hazelnut, and macadamia. Sweet rolls come in three flavors: pineapple, spicy Mexican chocolate, and cinnamon. There are also just three sandwiches, including an egg and potato hash option with salsa verde on masa bread (see below).
The space is small with no seating, but the to-go packaging may just be the most glamorous in D.C. Each order is handed off in a sleek department store-style black bag, and the sandwiches are contained in gold-specked white boxes sealed with gold colored tape. Even the tin foil is colored gold.
Take a look at the menu and some of the offerings:
Pineapple and Pearls’ coffee bar is open from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.
Pineapple and Pearls, 715 8th St. SE; pineappleandpearls.com
Photos by Jessica Sidman