New Poppyseed Rye restaurant and florist to open in Ballston this week


If you’ve been looking for a place to grab a hearty sandwich, a nice bouquet, and a cold beer with the same credit card swipe, the wait is almost over.

Poppyseed Rye, a new concept restaurant and flower shop, opens this week in the former Buzz Bakeshop space at 818 N. Quincy Street in Ballston. It will officially open to the public on Friday (November 19), although a few private “soft opening” events are likely scheduled for earlier in the week.

The boutique will specialize in fresh flowers and artisanal sandwiches, while offering household items, toast, cold-pressed juice, cold meats, beer, wine and champagne. That’s according to co-owner Scott Parker, who is also a partner of Don Tito and three other Ballston businesses: Bearded Goat Barber, BASH Boxing, Bronson Bierhall.

Parker opens Poppyseed Rye with partners Alex Buc, who previously ran Jetties sandwich shops in DC, and Akeda Maerdan, owner of Farida Floral in Fairfax. The opening can be seen as a vote of confidence in Ballston as a venue that can support the kind of businesses one might see more commonly in the city.

(Part of the neighborhood is, in fact, denser in population than anywhere in the district.)

“Ballston is on fire,” Parker told ARLnow over the weekend. “We are delighted to open in this vibrant area and bring the best sandwiches and fresh flowers you can find in the area.”

Poppyseed Rye will be open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., starting Friday.


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