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I noticed the door was open at The Cereal Bowl so I wheeled into an illegal parking spot on Connecticut Avenue NW, near the Uptown, and decided to pop in. How long could it take to put together a bowl of cereal? Long enough to get a ticket?

I wanted to know.

Looks like I’ll have to wait until next week. The most criticized restaurant that no one has actually tried yet will open to the public on Saturday, March 27, the friendly man behind the counter said. The Cereal Bowl had just passed its health inspection today, he added, and plans to have a soft opening next week to test drive its cereal combos, specialty oatmeal bowls, parfaits, smoothies, and Ugly Mug coffee.

Believe it or not, the Cereal Bowl is not the only business to try to cash in on Frosted Flakes and Froot Loops.  There’s also Cereality and possibly a company called Cereal Central, although I can’t find a Web site on the latter.

Regardless, the point is, D.C. will soon become part of the Cereal comedy, in which Washingtonians will pay good money to have someone put together a bowl of Something Sweet (Lucky Charms, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Fruity Pebbles, Vanilla Wafers, and Rainbow Sprinkles), Give Me S’More (Golden Grahams, Cocoa Puffs, Marshmallow Graham Bites, and chocolate chips), and other specialty bowls of commercial cereal.

Check out some of the commentary from the foodie community:

  • Wow. Just wow. I looked at their “menu”. I don’t think you could make that shit up if you tried.
  • Infantile adults
  • It’s a pretty clever scheme by a bunch of college kids, but it does seem like an excuse to charge you a lot of money for something you can do for a buck at home.

Why do I suspect this is going to be a big hit? At least for awhile.

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