New Chocolate Shop Opens in Foggy Bottom

SPAGnVOLA Chocolatier opened at 2000 Penn in November, and a new Indian restaurant is planned for 2017.

2000 Penn
December 14, 2016

By Kristen Mitchell

A new place for George Washington University students, faculty and staff to get their chocolate fix has opened its doors in Foggy Bottom.

SPAGnVOLA Chocolatier opened a new location at 2000 Pennsylvania Ave. NW in November. SPAGnVOLA opened its first shop and factory in Gaithersburg, Md., in 2011. The award-winning chocolate shop is known for its handmade candies and was named one of the top 10 chocolate shops in the world by National Geographic.

The Foggy Bottom store is the only location in Washington, D.C., and aims to become a premier destination for chocolate within the city.

Alicia Knight, GW senior associate vice president of operations, said the university is thrilled SPAGnVOLA has chosen to open its new location on campus.

“We continue to work to attract new high-quality merchants with first-class products to the building to enhance the services available to nearby workers and residents, the university community and the neighborhood at large,” Ms. Knight said. “SPAGnVOLA is a fine example of the high-quality offerings we seek to bring to this prime location on Pennsylvania Avenue.”

Next fall, the chocolate shop will be joined in 2000 Penn by a new eatery. Knightsbridge Restaurant Group, Bindaas, will be opening a restaurant at the space formerly occupied by Johnny Rockets.

The restaurant will be called Bindaas 2000 Penn and will serve Indian street food.

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