I have a shameless obsession with Sticky Fingers. I wanted to eat their cupcakes and whoopie pies and cookies (oh, their cookies) every.single.day. So, I was thrilled to hear that the venue, owned and operated by self-made business woman Doron Petersan, was the recipient of a Great Streets Small Business Grant. The grant comes through a District of Columbia government program that supports small business owners in 13 corridors throughout the District. With it, Petersan is giving Sticky Fingers a facelift, inside and out, from when it first opened its doors in Columbia Heights in 2006.
The modernization process Petersan has conceptualized will take place in three stages. Stage one is over, and took five days to complete, during which the bakery shut down. Changes included re-organizing the kitchen, painting, re-designing the interior of the restaurant, and developing a new menu. Sticky Fingers loyalists don’t panic – all your favorites are still there. Cupcakes, little devils, and breakfast burritos will always be available but now there are also pancakes on the menu, as well as French toast and flaky biscuits smothered in a creamy mushroom gravy. D.C. residents, “love breakfast all day,” Petersan says she has learned through her popular H Street diner, Fare Well, but the menu is distinct from Fare Well. Which is good news – more options for vegans and also for anyone who likes good food.
Stage two and three of the renovation process are more behind the scenes, with cabinet updates, new laminet, and other tweaks to the décor, as well as the development of wholesale menu items and a cake menu with new flavors and artistry. The flavors have not been revealed, but based on the new Nutella cake at Fare Well, I think whatever comes out is going to be damn good. Petersan is a master at bringing to life childhood favorites when it comes to desserts.
Petersan is super excited for the, “opportunity to breath new life into an old favorite,” and equally excited for the Columbia Heights neighborhood which will only benefit from the upgrade to the existing spot. I’m just excited for the new cake flavors, new pancakes, and the old cookie dough.
The newly renovated spot re-opened its doors over the weekend so head on over to check it out. Current hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sticky Fingers is located at 1370 Park Rd. NW Washington, D.C.