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Belgian waffles coming to D.C.
Drew Pencek is hoping that people will be walking to their Washington offices this fall eating waffles with their hands. But it’s not quite the syrupy-buttery mess you’re thinking.
These are traditional Belgian waffles made with a thick dough instead of batter, injected with optional chocolate or fruit and coated with caramelized sugar. You don’t need a knife and fork to eat these waffles.
He is hoping to take a bite out of a popular coffee shop’s business.
“I personally think people are getting sick of Starbucks — maybe it’s a backlash or something,” he said, adding that Bonte has a different focus on European decor and fresh products. “I think people are looking for an alternative.”
The shops would be open all day, so Bonte offers sandwiches, soups and salads in addition to waffles, pastries and coffee. Waffles will cost about $3.50 each.
Mr. Pencek is optimistic that his waffles will catch on here.
“It’s the equivalent of a pretzel in Belgium,” he said. “There are waffle stands all over the country there. Commuters can grab it and eat it on the go.”
He plans to open the first store in the fall.
Hotels, union start talks
Contract negotiations began late last week between the city’s unionized hotels and Local 25 of UNITE-HERE, which represents hotel and restaurant employees and textile manufacturers. The current contract expires Sept. 15.
Employees of many of the city’s largest hotels, including the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington Hilton, Renaissance Mayflower Hotel and L’Enfant Plaza Hotel, are unionized.
“The hotels are optimistic that the hotels and union can reach an agreement on all of the issues,” said Emily Durso, president of the Hotel Association of Washington D.C.
Talks are expected to focus on wages and benefits.
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