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All-Purpose Opens Tonight in Shaw

by Prince Of Petworth May 12, 2016 at 11:45 am 18 Comments

AP INside
inside 1250 9th Street, NW

From a press release:

“Michael Friedman, Michael O’Malley and Sebastian Zutant, co-owners of The Red Hen, have partnered with Gareth Croke and Colin McDonough, co-owners of Boundary Stone to open All-Purpose. The restaurant, now open at 1250 9th Street, NW in the revitalized Shaw neighborhood, offers 90 restaurant seats along with a 15-seat bar, and features a straightforward Roman menu accented with Italian-American classics in a casual and convivial 2,500 square-foot space.


Pizza is the heart of Chef Friedman’s food program at All-Purpose. He has created a distinctive dough for the restaurant that captures the “breadier” qualities of the old school deck oven pizzas of his youth. The crust, which is used for all of the pies at All-Purpose, offers a rustic, chewy texture and is caramel in color due in part to the cooking process as well as the high amount of whole wheat flour. Of the six pizzas that are now offered at All-Purpose, Chef Friedman anticipates the Cossimo, named after one of his favorite Jersey Italian haunts, topped with roasted mushrooms, Tallegio, scallions, preserved truffle sauce and grana will become the fan favorite. The Buona, featuring pepperoni, mozzarella, chili honey & basil, will also be a crowd pleaser.

In addition to pizza, the menu will offer a selection of salumi and house-made charcuterie, as well as hot and cold antipasti selections to start. Guests can enjoy Straciatella Bruschetta with english peas, preserved lemon & mint, or a mousse made of Sicilian tuna topped with celery salsa verde. Nostalgic hot antipasti include a satisfying eggplant parm ‘Jersey-style,’ and fried mozzarella drizzled with fennel honey & finished with shaved black truffles.

On the beverage side, Zutant, along with Croke and McDonough, will be in charge of the beverage program, which will consist of a 50-bottle wine list of American and Italian varietals, as well as regional beers and hand-selected craft spirits. All-Purpose will feature a concise cocktail list focused on straightforward classic drinks. For desserts, the team has partnered with Tiffany MacIsaac, Pastry Chef/Owner of Buttercream Bakeshop, who works with Chef Friedman to offer Italian-inspired pastries and confections, such as a rainbow cookie cake and Gianduja pot de crème with dark chocolate cookie crumble & Frangelico cream.

All-Purpose is open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday, with Monday night service and lunch to follow shortly after opening.

All-Purpose is located on the street level of The Colonel, a new apartment community developed by a joint venture of CAS Riegler, City Interests, and Douglas Development, with leasing and management by Oculus Realty. Named after Civil War colonel Robert Gould Shaw, The Colonel offers 70 luxury apartment homes with units ranging from studios to two-story penthouses, along with extensive amenities including a roof deck with expansive lounge area, fire pit, and kitchen. The ownership was represented in the restaurant lease transaction by John A. Asadoorian of Asadoorian Retail. Jared Meier of Streetsense represented All-Purpose.”

  • MCR

    While I loathe the use of the word “program,” this press release is one of the less annoying and more informative ones that I have seen lately.

  • Anon Truxton

    Please please please be reasonably priced + delish. So over some of these over-priced, over-rated cash cow restaurants. (I’m looking at you, Barcelona)

    • Dognonymous

      Boundary Stone and Red Hen both serve great food for their respective price tiers. I’d expect that’s why so many people are psyched about this one, too.

      • Anon

        Boundary Stone pre-reno? Sure. But they’ve clearly cheaped out on the food post-reno while raising the prices. I’m not necessarily knocking them for doing so (new space can’t be cheap), but their food shouldn’t be mentioned in the same sentence as that of Red Hen. One serves passable bar food, while the other is a culinary treat.

        • Anon Truxton

          I agree. I enjoy the space for a friendly neighborhood beer but the food these days is mediocre at best. Red Hen, now that’s another story. What a great spot!

        • Dognonymous

          Well, yeah, but that’s why I mentioned price tier. At Boundary Stone I know I’m getting bar food and paying $8-12 for whatever I order, so I’m obviously not expecting Red Hen quality at half the price. Both spots definitely give me what I’m looking for when I go to them.

    • 9thStreetNW

      I’m hearing $15+ for a pizza. Not sure how large they are though.

  • JohnH

    So they open tonight, but don’t have a posted menu (and prices)?

    • 9thStreetNW

      Yeah, it appears they still have some work to do on their website. allpurposedc.com

  • Billy

    Any word on gluten free options?

    • 9thStreetNW

      They tweeted that there will be GF options.

  • c.

    Neighborhood pizza joint, sounds great. Still don’t get why it’s called a food ‘program’, though. I wonder what hand-poured candles are in their bathroom program.

  • Jason

    Looks like it will be really uncomfortable and loud.

    • Common Sense

      So when did you discover your mutation to be able to determine sound by a picture????

      You got mad skills bro.

    • Ryan

      The slats hanging from the ceiling look like they would serve as good sound baffles. Probably won’t be that loud.

    • Anonymous

      Went last night. Very comfortable, not loud at all. Food is quite good and not that expensive. Great drinks.

  • Caroline

    One thing this press release doesn’t mention is that they’re not doing the brick oven thing like everyone else, but instead cooking the pizza slower at a lower temperature. It sounds promising!

  • Bruce

    “…features a straightforward Roman menu “.

    But taleggio is not from Rome, neither is pepperoni, truffles or mozzarella.
    Roman pizza elongated rectangular pies that are served by the length slice.

    Come to think of it, there is nothing “Roman” about this menu.


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