Chicago expats in D.C. soon may have reason to rejoice: Italian beef and a new take on the Illinois city’s deep dish pizza are set to arrive in Shaw in the coming weeks.
Ivy & Coney at 1537 7th St. NW is slated to serve the beloved beef sandwich and a “deep dish dog” later this month, thanks to a kitchen that came with the bar’s recent rooftop expansion, co-owner Josh Saltzman said last night.
The bar’s workers still are fine-tuning their deep dish dog, which will include Italian sausage, mozzarella and marinara sauce cooked in a potato bun. They also are working on their version of the Italian beef, which will include roast beef and hot peppers on bread that is wet with juice from the meat.
“Everybody loves hotdogs,” Saltzman said. “But the near and dear thing is Italian beef.”
Officially opened to customers on Sunday, the year-round rooftop deck has a bar, pool table, TVs and seating for 35 people under a retractable roof, in addition to the kitchen.
Although the new space has a more polished look than Ivy & Coney’s original bar area inside, the old space won’t change, Saltzman said.
“The beauty of it is if you still want the quiet, dingy bar, it’s always available,” he said.
The proposed expansion at 1537 7th Street NW calls for the construction of a retractable glass roof, a full service kitchen and additional seating for 30 patrons.
If approved, the expansion could be done as early as August, though Saltzman estimates winning full approval might take two or more months.