1025 H Street, NE

Thanks to a reader for sending word about the coming soon signs for Two Boots Pizza. Their website now says “opening 2017”.

Two Boots — named for the geographical shapes of Italy and Louisiana — was born in the East Village, at 37 Avenue A, on June 24th, 1987. Original partners Doris Kornish & Phil Hartman (indie filmmakers who loved Cajun food and culture – Phil having opened the Great Jones Café, a Cajun juke joint, in 1983), teamed up with local developer John Touhey, to create the original Two Boots Restaurant, a family-friendly, full-service restaurant specializing in Cajun-Italian cooking.The immediate success of Two Boots can be traced to a slew of small miracles: we inherited beautiful, indestructible terrazzo floors from the long-gone Red Lantern Restaurant; our vintage nail-head chairs were a last-minute find on The Bowery; our lovely pink and green tabletops were a black market score from a vintage formica dealer (thank you Suzanne of Second Hand Rose!). The Two Boots menus were graced with illustrations from the illustrious George Schneeman; our store managed by the amazing Lynn Loflin of Monroe, Louisiana; our pizza station manned by rock stars Santo Fazio and Kevin Karam; our bar and floor run by man-myth Kirby and brother Jesse Hartman, who’d go on to fame with Sammy and Laptop; and our core servers broke all kinds of restaurant records for durability and devotion — five years together as a group in a high-turnover industry! — thank you Emily Spray, Marilyn Gold, Darya Panesoff, Lisa Bowman, Mary Hebert and Jessica Gandolf. It definitely took this entire village to raise our restaurant.

Check out their menu here.


RIP North East Beauty Supply:


705 H Street, NW

From a press release:

“&pizza, the brand of unconventional pizza shops known for their craft pizza, and soda and ampersand-tattooed employees, announces the opening of its 16th shop in Chinatown at 705 H Street NW. The new location, which will open its doors today, marks the launch of &pizza’s new curated beverage concept that includes three signature cocktails, as well as the option for a dining experience with elevated service.

courtesy &pizza

The bi-level space will offer two distinct guest experiences. The first floor of the shop channels the hustle of Chinatown focused on take-out, ideal for &pizza’s new order ahead app feature that allows guests to jump the line.

The second floor offers a more elevated dine-in experience. A mural-adorned staircase welcomes diners to another level of the shop where they can order, take a seat and for the first time have &pizza Tribe members deliver pies and signature &bar cocktails right to their table. (more…)

655 K Street, NW

Thanks to a reader for sending the update on Pie360. Anyone happen to take a taste today? What’s the early word?

Pie 360 was created to serve delicious food with all fresh ingredients in a fast casual atmosphere. Using the experience & recipes from our Coal Fire Restaurants, we will be able to bring our aged dough, three uniquely flavorful sauces & top it off with our mozzarella cheese made in house daily. We hope you will enjoy the experience of building your personal pizza & salad or choosing from one of our newly created panini’s.

Check out their menu here.


In more curious pizza news – a reader reports:

“Any idea what happened to this &pizza? Never seen a closure sign quite so uninformative.”

I’ve sent an email to &pizza and will update if they’re able to share more. This &pizza opened up in the former Current Sushi space back in April 2015.

Update: (next time maybe I should check twitter…head smack) thanks to a reader for passing on from their twitter account:

“Small plumbing issue at Dupont today. Working to fix it ASAP and we’ll holler when we’re back up and running. Until then, hit up K Street.”

Dupont is back up and running. Come ‘n get it.

next to the now open Buredo at 1215 Connecticut Avenue, NW

705 H Street, NW

From an email:

&pizza, the unconventional collection of local pizza shops known for their craft pizza, housemade sodas and ampersand-tattooed employees, will open its first shop in Chinatown at 705 H St NW this fall.

The new store will launch&BAR, the brand’s new curated beverage concept, with three signature easy-drinking cocktails made with &pizza’s housemade craft sodas and &TEA. &WINE and DC Brau beer and refreshing non-alcoholic versions of &SODA and &TEA will also be available. (more…)

79 Potomac Avenue, SE

That was fast! All Purpose opened in Shaw, to great reviews, back in May. Now they’ll be coming to Navy Yard. Their liquor license placard says:

“A fast, casual café-style restaurant with bar which shall serve pizza and Italian food with recorded music. Total number of seats: 90. Total Occupancy Load: 105. Total number of Summer Gardens: 2. Total number of Summer Garden seats: 100.”

Right across the street from Nats Park:


And around the corner from The Salt Line.