It's been a great month for downtown restaurant openings. Last week we noted the addition of ShopHouse and Cava Mezze Grill to Penn Quarter. And there's more news today.
&pizza (pronounced "and pizza") has displayed its signage in the windows of 1005 E St NW. This is great news! &pizza is a vegan-friendly pizza shop that produces made-to-order personal pizzas in just 3-5 minutes. By the time you decide which sauces and toppings you'd like, the oblong, oval-shaped pie is already out of the express-bake oven, ready to eat. Seriously, this place is awesome!
There are several &pizza locations across the DC area. I can be found pretty regularly at the H St NE and U St NW restaurants. And now, add E St NW to that list. FYI, the previous tenant of 1005 E St NW was salad and rice bowl purveyor Freshii.
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Last year, I speculated that the retail space at 750 6th St NW would become a hot dog shop. Not quite. It's another pizza shop! However, it's a bit more mysterious than &pizza. The new shop has no name-bearing signage save for printed office paper letters advertising, well, PIZZA. I did actually see one employee inside making pizza, but when I returned for more info later in the day, it was closed. There is seating for about 12 inside. If I remember correctly, this space was previously a video store. And by video, I mean adult video. That was years ago. It has been vacant for some time now.