by Tim Regan September 20, 2016 at 1:40 pm 0

1118 H St. NE, photo via Google Street ViewA masked man with a gun robbed a fast casual pizza restaurant on H Street late last night, according to D.C. Police.

The armed robbery happened inside of the &pizza eatery at 1118 H St. NE just before 11 p.m. yesterday.

A man wearing a mask entered the pizzeria through the front door, walked up to a cashier and pressed a handgun to her side, according to a police report. The man then told the cashier to “pop that drawer” and she complied by opening the register. The armed robber grabbed about $300 in cash and left through the pizza restaurant’s back door.

A witness was able to flag down a police officer on patrol near the intersection of 12th and H streets NE some time after the crime occurred.

Police described the suspected robber as a black man wearing a yellow hooded sweatshirt, a grey and white camouflage printed mask, blue sweatpants and white Chuck Taylor shoes.

This isn’t the first time someone robbed the &pizza on H Street at gunpoint. A robber also used a gun to hold up the fast casual restaurant earlier this year in January.

Image via Google Street View

by Andrew Ramonas August 30, 2016 at 10:54 am 0

Papa Johns Columbia HeightsA Papa John’s in Columbia Heights is now open after a food safety and hygiene inspector reported a “heavy infestation of vermin,” according to the D.C. Department of Health.

The pizza shop at 1417 Otis Place NW reopened Saturday after the DOH official closed it Thursday. The Papa John’s passed a follow-up DOH inspection, allowing it to resume business.

The DOH inspector on Thursday found a “gross insanitary occurrence or condition that may endanger public health including but not limited to heavy infestation of vermin,” according to the agency. But DOH has yet to elaborate.

“Papa John’s takes food safety and sanitation very seriously,” Papa John’s spokesman Pete Collins said in an email. “After investigating this issue with the franchise location involved, it is our understanding that the franchisee quickly addressed the violations and took immediate action to resolve any issues.”

by Tim Regan August 26, 2016 at 10:30 am 0

(Updated at 11 a.m. Aug. 30) A D.C. food safety and hygiene inspector temporarily closed a Papa John’s in Columbia Heights yesterday after finding that the pizzeria had a “heavy infestation of vermin.”

The Papa John’s at 1417 Otis Place NW can’t serve customers until further notice for “operating a food establishment with gross insanitary occurrence or condition that may endanger public health but not limited to heavy infestation of vermin,” the D.C. Department of Health said in a notice yesterday afternoon. The pizzeria also didn’t have a “certified food manager” when an inspector visited.

The agency didn’t immediately provide any further details about the closure. The DOH typically releases full reports on restaurant closures within a week of its inspections.

When reached by phone yesterday, an employee at the pizzeria said the store had an “emergency closure” after its ovens stopped working but did not elaborate. A corporate representative for Papa John’s was not immediately available to comment.

The Papa John’s reopened on Saturday, Aug. 27.

by Tim Regan August 19, 2016 at 9:00 am 1 Comment

Photo via Facebook : Radius PizzaIt looks like a Mount Pleasant pizza shop is closing its doors.

Radius Pizza, the pizzeria at 3155 Mt Pleasant St. NW, wrote in a Facebook post that today is its “last day.”

“It’s [our] last day tomorrow,” reads a photo of a sign it posted to its Facebook page yesterday. “Thanks to all [our] patrons who made us last this long.”

This isn’t the first time the shop has appeared to close. Radius temporarily locked its doors and drew its blinds in 2012 after the business changed hands. However, the pizza shop didn’t post a sign alluding to a “last day” then.

We were unable to reach the owners of Radius Pizza to confirm the closure. We’ll update this story if we hear back from them.

Photo via Facebook / Radius Pizza

by Tim Regan June 14, 2016 at 10:30 am 1 Comment

Locals will be able to buy pizzas named after Dupont Circle and Pennsylvania Avenue when U Street’s newest pizza joint opens today.

Boston’s Upper Crust Pizzeria is scheduled to open at 1301 U St. NW at 11 a.m. this morning, employees at the shop told us.

Upper Crust sells 22 specialty pizzas, some with D.C.-centric names, like “The GW,” “Pennsylvania Ave,” “The Nationals” and “The Dupont.” The company’s pizza chefs also sling customizable pies bedecked with up to nearly 50 toppings and nine kinds of cheese alongside baked lasagna, salad and calzones.

Though Upper Crust shuttered 10 locations — including one in D.C. — after filing for bankruptcy protection in 2012 amid allegations of worker exploitation, the company seems to be back in growth mode. An Upper Crust location opened in Arlington last November.

The U Street pizzeria is the company’s first location in the District since its bankruptcy filing.

by Tim Regan June 6, 2016 at 3:30 pm 0

A new pizza restaurant is set to open on 14th Street NW by the end of the month.

Philadelphia’s Pizzeria Vetri will open its doors at 2221 14th St. NW on June 24, the company announced on Facebook last week.

“D.C. we’re coming at ya!” the post reads. “Pizzeria Vetri DC opening June 24th.”

The pizza place — which was acquired by retail chain Urban Outfitters last November — will likely serve the company’s standard menu of pizzas, salads and booze. Pizzas include salsiccia pies topped with sausage and roasted fennel and the marinara, which is bedecked in oregano, crushed tomatoes, garlic and olive oil.

Pizza photo via Facebook / Pizzeria Vetri; h/t to the ever watchful U Street Buzz

by Tim Regan April 27, 2016 at 10:30 am 0

Photo via Facebook : Timber Pizza CoThe proprietors behind Timber Pizza Company will make a pit stop in Park View this weekend.

The forthcoming Petworth pizzeria and food truck is scheduled to host a pizza pop-up at coffee and cocktail bar Colony Club (3118 Georgia Ave. NW) this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Pie possibilities include wood-fired pizzas bedecked in San Marzano tomatoes, mozzarella and fresh basil; pepperoni and cheese; and the “Green Monster,” which is topped with pesto, mozzarella, feta, kale and zucchini.


by Tim Regan March 8, 2016 at 1:00 pm 1 Comment

Columbia Heights andpizza(Updated at 1:22 p.m.) Local pizza purveyor &pizza will soon bring its signature rectangular pies to Columbia Heights.

The new location will open at 1375 Kenyon St. NW Thursday, a representative for the company told us yesterday afternoon. The chain has more than a dozen locations in the D.C. area, including in Dupont and on U Street NW.

Though the company hasn’t yet announced any opening day specials, the pizzeria will transform into a “Vegas-style wedding chapel” next week on Pi Day, March 14.

by Tim Regan March 3, 2016 at 4:35 pm 0

Photo via Facebook :Pizzeria VetriA pizza chain recently acquired by Urban Outfitters has plans to open a location on 14th Street NW this summer.

Philadelphia’s Pizzeria Vetri will open at 2221 14th St. NW as early as June, a representative for the company told us today.

We first learned of the opening earlier today after spotting a building permit for a new restaurant slated for 2221 14th Street NW. The building permit reads:

Tenant build out to a fully operational restaurant. Scope of work to include exterior modifications, signage, minor modifications to existing storefront grills, electrical, mechanical, plumbing and structural.

Eater D.C. first hinted that the pizza chain had its eye on 14th and Florida NW last June.

Photo via Facebook / Pizzeria Vetri

by Tim Regan February 23, 2016 at 9:55 am 1 Comment

Columbia Heights andpizzaWant to get married at a pizza place? Here’s your chance.

Fast casual pizza chain &Pizza has put out the call for couples willing to tie the knot next month after it officially opens its newest location at 1375 Kenyon St. NW.

The pizzeria will become a “Vegas-style wedding chapel” on Pi Day, March 14, according to a press release. (more…)

by Tim Regan November 10, 2015 at 3:50 pm 0

1301 U Street NW

U Street may soon have a new place to grab a slice of pizza.

Boston-based Upper Crust Pizzeria is slated to open a new pizza shop at 1301 U Street NW later this year or early next year, company CFO Ben Deb told Borderstan today.

Though Upper Crust shuttered 10 locations, including one at 1747 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, filing for bankruptcy protection in 2012 amid allegations of worker exploitation, the company seems to be back in growth mode. An Upper Crust location opened in Arlington late last month, and another is currently planned to open in Beverly Hills, Calif., in the next few months.

This will be the company’s first location in the District since its bankruptcy filing, said Deb.

Upper Crust sells 25 specialty pizzas, some with D.C.-centric names, like “The GW,” “Pennsylvania Ave,” “The Nationals” and “The Dupont” at its Arlington location. The company’s pizza chefs also sling customizable pies bedecked with up to 40 toppings and nine kinds of cheese alongside baked lasagna, salad, beer and wine.

“We’re excited to be back,” said Deb. “We’ll definitely get involved with the local community.”

by Sean Meehan October 15, 2015 at 2:15 pm 0

Photo courtesy of &PizzaColumbia Heights may get an &pizza location early next year.

The local pizza chain informed community members at the ANC 1A meeting last night that they plan to open the restaurant at the Columbia Heights Civic Plaza, wrote ANC 1A Commissioner Kent Boese on his local blog Park View, D.C.

The restaurant would take the place of the former Museum of Unnatural History at 3333 14th Street NW, and would likely have room for 40-60 people with indoor and outdoor seating, Boese reported.

The eatery has not yet filed for a liquor license, but Boese said that an &Pizza rep indicated the company planned to open its new location within the first few months of 2016.

Representatives for the chain could not be reached immediately to comment on the planned location.

by Tim Regan August 25, 2015 at 3:05 pm 0

Photo courtesy of &Pizza

The &pizza location at 1250 U St. NW will close to undergo some much-needed repairs tonight at midnight.

The eatery will reopen “in the next few days” with fresh coats of paint, newly repaired fixtures and a shiny interior, says &pizza public relations representative Ashley Mason-Greene.

“They’re just doing some light sprucing up and taking care of some of the wear and tear that naturally occurs,” Mason-Green said earlier today in an e-mail.

The eatery’s windows are currently covered by signs emblazoned with the slogan “WE DO IT ALL FOR U.”

Photo courtesy of &pizza

by Jared Holt July 1, 2015 at 1:00 pm 1 Comment

Pie Fest (Via the Brixton)
Four local businesses are teaming up to stuff Borderstan residents full of pie.

Satellite Room, located at 2047 9th St. NW, will serve unlimited slices of pie from bakery Whisked and food truck Sage City alongside “jumbo personal pizzas” from Timber Pizza during its Fourth of July Pie Fest.

During the event, which lasts from 2 to 6 p.m., attendees will be able to watch films “Grease” and “Hairspray” on the patio while chowing down.

Pie Fest was hosted by U Street bar The Brixton last year.

“Pie is a very American food and we want to create a picnic environment for people to come out to,” said Alyssa Moody director of promotions for The Brixton.

Tickets can be purchased in advance online for $15 and $25 at the door.

Photo Courtesy of The Brixton

by June 12, 2013 at 8:30 am 0


&pizza at 1250 U Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

The guys from &pizza have been working on this space since the end of last year and &pizza is opening today. The new location at 1250 U Street NW is their second shop and they are working on a third one for Brookland in Northeast DC.

The new pizza place will be opening in the old Quiznos location, just a few steps away from the U Street Metro stop. A couple of weeks ago &pizza conducted a poster campaign in the neighborhood to spread the word out about the impending opening.

The pizza place will keep the same concept as the original store. Some of the pies include the Moonstruck (mushroom truffle, goat cheese, mushrooms, fig marsala, red pepper chili oil and crushed black pepper) and the Grecian Market (red chickpea, mushrooms, broccolini, artichoke, kalamata olives, pickled red onion and feta cheese). Check their menu.

&pizza’s hours are 11 am to 11 pm Sunday through Wednesday,  Thursday 11 am to 2:30 am, and Friday and Saturday 11 am to 3:30 am.

&pizza joins a number of Italian and pizza places that have recently opened along 14th Street. MatchboxPiolaGhibellina and Etto are just a few of the newest restaurants (we can’t forget about longtime standbys such as Manny & Olga’s).

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