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Posted at 6:00 PM ET, 03/ 2/2011

Coming soon: Wilson Building baristas?

By Mike DeBonis

Staffers and visitors to the John A. Wilson Building might soon be able to enjoy a grande latte with their governance.

The Department of Real Estate Services has been tasked with exploring the feasibility of locating some sort of food-and-beverage vendor on the ground floor of the Wilson Building, the seat of District government. Under discussion, according to several sources, is a coffee bar, perhaps with sandwiches and other light fare, in the north corridor, with cafe seating in the building's atrium.

An in-house option would stand to put a dent in the bottom lines of Devon & Blakely, Corner Bakery, Cafe Phillips, the "Secret Starbucks" and other favorite destinations for city hall staffers.

Doxie McCoy, a spokeswoman for Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D), said both the executive and legislative branches "have expressed interest in some form of food services" on the Wilson Building's ground floor. D.C. Council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3) included language authorizing "healthy food retail vendors" in city buildings in the "Workplace Wellness Act" she introduced yesterday.

Jason Yuckenberg, a spokesman for the real estate department, said a review is underway of whether the building can handle a food-service facility and what sort of solicitation might be necessary to hire a vendor.

By Mike DeBonis  | March 2, 2011; 6:00 PM ET
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Ask DRES about the federal requirement that blind people have the opportunity to run these cafes thru federal law. DRES has been out of compliance for years.

PS - F off Mary Cheh and stop telling us what to eat! We can make our own decisions!

Posted by: onthecontrary | March 2, 2011 8:04 PM | Report abuse

"Fully-loaded caffe mocha with cronyism whipped cream, please" how did Gray and Brown calculate that the build out costs is a taxpayer priority at this time?

Posted by: jmc39 | March 3, 2011 4:43 AM | Report abuse

Ha, I can't believe someone called out the District for violating the Randolph-Sheppard Act! Nice one.

Posted by: BLT5 | March 3, 2011 10:57 AM | Report abuse

CROWquettes should be included as a menu item to be served to the council that frequently missteps and then investigates itself, but only in response to public outcry.

Posted by: logosdesigns | March 3, 2011 1:31 PM | Report abuse

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