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9th and N Street, NW

Last week I shared some scuttlebutt at that a mezcal bar was coming to The Colonel in Shaw. I still hear it’s coming and will have a strong Mexican restaurant menu as well. But nevermind that – because what was confirmed yesterday is epic. Washington City Paper reported:

“The Red Hen owners Michael Friedman, Michael O’Malley, and Sebastian Zutant are teaming up with Boundary Stone owners Gareth Croke and Colin McDonough to open an Italian-American restaurant focused around pizza. The place will be called All Purpose and open at 1250 9th St. NW late this year.”

Also reported yesterday by the Washington Post:

“Tiffany MacIsaac is settling down in Shaw. The former executive pastry chef at Neighborhood Restaurant Group has signed a lease to open a storefront for her Buttercream Bakeshop at 1250 Ninth St. NW.”

All I can say is – epic. Updates as both (and I haven’t given up on the Mexican/mezcal spot either) get closer to opening. Freaking epic!

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1828 L Street, NW

From a press release:

“This spring, Washingtonians can anticipate the opening of Veloce, a quick service pizza restaurant from the acclaimed culinary talent behind Pizzeria Paradiso. A custom designed Neapolitan-style brick oven will allow for fast cooking without compromising quality, producing artisanal pizza ready within a few minutes. Owned and operated by Chef Ruth Gresser, who is credited with bringing Neapolitan pizza to Washington more than 20 years ago, Veloce will be located in Downtown Washington at 1828 L Street, NW, serving both breakfast and lunch. The space will be designed by Eric Gronning, AIA of Gronning Architects with graphics by Soung Wiser of The General Design Co.

At Veloce, Gresser and team will serve personal sized veggie and meat pizzas, calzones, sandwiches and salads. The menu will feature composed breakfast and lunch pizzas, like the Rooster, which features basil pesto sauce, goat cheese, house-made chicken sausage, sweet red pepper and pine nuts. Patrons can also build their own pizzas and will have the option of four different crusts including white, whole wheat, mixed grains and seeds or gluten-free. Sauces will all be made in-house using organic and local ingredients whenever possible. Sausages will be made in-house, while a wide variety of cheese, protein and vegetable toppings will be available and sourced from small, quality producers. (more…)

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Custom Fuel opened in Dupont in June 2014.

Thanks to a couple readers for sending word:

“Yet another restaurant in that dreaded corner that appears to be closing. The inside looks mostly cleared out and they’ve removed the pizza oven. I took a picture of some things stacked up — no sign, but it seems to be closing. If it’s not closing it could be trying to deal with the rumored rats that infest those buildings.”

and

“Custom fuel on Connecticut Ave, formerly Potbelly, has closed today. There is something going on with the building. They were recently doing construction this week to the old Sprint store. Wonder if they were overrun by rats? It still think that’s why Potbelly’s closed.”

The official word from Custom Fuel via email:

“Unfortunately, we found that this particular Custom Fuel did not fit the needs of the neighborhood so we’ve chosen to close up shop. We’d like to thank the DuPont Circle community for its support and business. Please visit our other nearby Custom Fuel locations at 2301 Georgia Ave NW and 1747 Pennsylvania Ave NW.”

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1635 Connecticut Ave, NW

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1320 H Street, NE

UPDATE from a reader it’s for sale:

“RARE Restaurant for Sale in the H St neighborhood!

-1,500 sf
-Fully built out
-22 seats
-Great foot traffic in a HOT neighborhood!
-Can easily be changed to any concept or run as-is!

Rent: $4,000 /month
Lease: 8 years + 2 options
Price: $333,000

Cryptic message from Pizza Parts & Service yesterday:

“Friends, we’re closed right now. More info coming ASAP.”

The last time 1320 H Street, NE had a cryptic message Taylor Charles Steak & Ice turned into Pizza Parts & Service.

Will update when that info is released.

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1333 New Hampshire Avenue, NW

Pizza Studio is opening in the former Baja Fresh space by the Dupont South metro. The press release says:

“Pizza Studio, the leader in the emerging fast casual pizza category, is thrilled to announce the arrival of its flagship location in Dupont Circle at 1333 New Hampshire Avenue NW, slated to open late-February. The new restaurant is the first to hit the DC market with more openings planned as part of the company’s growth in the capital area. Since its first opening in Southern California in 2013, Pizza Studio has quickly expanded with 24 locations around the US and over 200 more already in the works for 2015 and beyond.

“We could not be happier to make our debut in DC,” said Pizza Studio Co-Founder & CEO Samit Varma. A graduate of Magruder High School in Derwood, Maryland, and the US Naval Academy, Varma is making a homecoming after traveling the country with the military. “We designed Pizza Studio to offer everything from lunch to dinner to snacking and late-night dining, because we offer pizzas with unlimited toppings, which means endless possibilities.”

Pizza Studio offers diners the opportunity to “Create Your Masterpiece™” by building personalized pizzas from an array of fresh, high quality ingredients including a choice of specialty crusts and sauces, all natural and nitrate-free premium meats, and roasted vegetables. Offering something for everyone, Pizza Studio also provides vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Always priced at $7.99 for an 11” pie, each masterpiece includes unlimited toppings at no additional cost.

In addition to “Create Your Masterpiece”, those looking for inspiration can select from any of Pizza Studio’s chef-designed ‘Studio Masterpiece’ options for $7.99, or the ‘Starving Artist’ pizzas, priced at only $5.99. They include the familiar Pepperoni, Margherita, and Buffalo Chicken, which is served on a spicy firecracker crust with cayenne pepper, buffalo sauce, freshly grated mozzarella, all natural chicken breast, topped with cool ranch dressing and fresh basil. Additional menu items include chef-crafted signature salads, as well as oven-baked cookies and a selection of fountain beverages.

The restaurant’s interior will be adorned with its signature “starving artists’ wall” featuring works of art created by locals from Washington’s thriving art community, all of which are consigned from the artists and available for purchase. As Pizza Studio is interested in supporting the local art community, the restaurant does not take any commission on art sales. For more information about submitting art for consideration, contact info@pizzastudio.com and mention the Dupont Circle location.

Pizza Studio will be open daily from 11am to 10pm, with extended late night hours Thursday through Saturday; online ordering will be available for those on-the-go and can be made by visiting www.pizzastudio.com.”

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