Young and Hungry

Taylor Gourmet Owner Explains Why He Chose Mount Vernon Square for Second Location

You got to hand it to City Vista. 

This Mount Vernon Square development has landed the most impressive group of retail, restaurants, and amenities in recent memory: Results Gym, a beautiful Safeway, 5th Street Hardware store, Chevy Chase Bank, Busboys and Poets and now a second location for Taylor Gourmet, as first reported on Prince of Petworth.

The deli, whose first location opened on H Street last year, has received a lot of love on these webpages.  Co-owner Casey Patten says he and his partner started considering new spots as soon as the first location "got on its feet." There were four or five places considered. So why City Vista?

In the end, Mount Vernon Square won out because the owners thought they could attract the workday traffic of downtown and the evening traffic of locals, all while paying a cheaper prices than nearby Chinatown offered. 

"You're not going to pay 7th and H lease prices," says Patten. "You can still do a lot of the same things—serving that office density, doing catering...It's daytime and night-time population."

Patten says he first met representatives from retail developer Edens & Avant back in late December. They came to his deli to, you know, eat some hoagies. ("They're both northerners—they kind of understand good meats and cheeses," Patten says.) 

He expects the new deli will open in late October or early November—Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) permits permitting of course.

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