Tuesday, June 17, 2014

&pizza Opens; Izakaya and American Restaurants Planned

&pizza opened yesterday at 10th and E to significant crowds because, well, PIZZA.
The Penn Quarter food scene has exploded this summer. And there's more to come. Just yesterday, &pizza opened its newest location at 1005 E Street NW, in the former Freshii space. OF COURSE I immediately went there to get a pizza meal. It's the best meal. This is the third DC restaurant and fifth total. &pizza makes personalized, single-serving-sized pizza going from ball of dough to steaming hot pizza in less than 5 minutes. And they are super vegan-friendly.

Penn Commons looks to make a serious go of it where Townhouse failed to even open doors.
Remember the Townhouse Kitchen & Bar development on 6th Street NW? Well, it never came close to opening. The last of this small chain's restaurants closed in Baltimore this year after reportedly falling over $200,000 behind in rent payments. Hopefully, the new tenants of 700 6th St NW fare better. City Paper reports that the owners of District Commons are opening Penn Commons soon. No set opening date, but I've seen lots of moving-day type of activities the last few days. The space is already outfitted well beyond any state achieved by Townhouse. I'll update when they open/get close to opening.

The swanky 10th and G development is getting its first restaurant tenant.

A new Japanese izakaya will open at the 10th and G office building later this year. According to Washington Business Journal, the new bar/restaurant, named Umaya, is under the same ownership as nearby Cafe Asia. Posted ABRA notices at the site --officially 733 10th St NW-- indicate that the operators are seeking a total occupancy load of 350, service until 2:00 am (weekday) / 3:00 am (weekend), sidewalk seating, and the ability to provide live entertainment. Quite an operation! More news as it comes.