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Coming soon to DC: A lot of pizza. Maybe coming soon to Takoma Park: Carry-out beer and wine

September 29, 2010 - 01:20 AM
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Patrons at Takoma Park restaurants may soon be able to purchase beer and wine for carryout, reports TBD’s Elahe Izadi. On Monday night, the Takoma Park city council voted to request a change in the city’s ancient ban on alcohol sales. Currently restaurants and stores are prohibited from selling carry-out beer and wine because of concerns over crime and public drunkenness.

If approved, however, the change would enable restaurants such as Roscoe’s Pizzeria to sell beer and wine to-go. The council’s vote doesn’t apply to retail businesses, but according to Izadi, the city may review the issue in a year or two depending on how things go with the restaurants.

Pizza News

More pizza is on the way for Washingtonians. St. Louis-based restaurant District of Pi is expected to open at 914 F St., NW, reports PQ Living and Stlmag.com. The 800-square-foot eatery will seat about 150 people and will serve custom-brewed beer and a selection of deep dish and thin-crust pizzas. According to their website, the company has a mobile pizza truck serving the streets of St. Louis. There was no mention of a District of Pi truck for D.C., but who knows what can happen. The eatery is expected to open next spring.

Sadly, another Pi in the District is experiencing less fortunate news. Tim Carman reported that Pi Pizzeria at 2309 18th St. NW in Adams Morgan is for sale. According to a Craigslist posting, the owner is selling the two-story pizza restaurant/lounge because of a family tragedy.

Z Pizza is opening in Penn Quarter in a couple of weeks, reports Prince of Petworth. A Z Pizza sign confirms their location at 8th and H St., NW. Z Pizza’s opening may beat out District of Pi’s by several months, however, it’s certainly not clear of competition. A PoP reader noted it’s close proximity to Matchbox and Ella’s Wood-Fired Pizza. In addition, Top Chef All-Stars contestant Mike Isabella recently announced his plans to open Graffiato in Penn Quarter early next year. His two-level Italian restaurant will serve wood-fired pizzas.

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Beer recognition

Did you miss yesterday’s chat with Birch & Barley and ChurchKey beer director Greg Engert? No worries. You can read the transcript here.

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And what about the story of Olde Heurich Brewing Co.? (Y&H)

Flame Job: Grilling all year long. (NoVa Magazine)

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Plan Ahead - This week’s food and drink events

• Sept. 29 -- Resolve Launch Party
• Sept. 29 -- Pig and Pinot Wine Dinner at Jackson 20
• Sept. 29 -- WGirls DC Happy Hour to benefit DC Farm to School Week
• Sept. 29 -- Progressive Happy Hour: Fear the Sanity
• Oct. 1 -- 50 percent off dinner discount preview at Cuba Libre
• Oct. 2 -- Taste of Bethesda
• Oct. 3 -- Turkish Festival

Sweet Deals

Free cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory when you make a donation of $5 of more to Feeding America (to end of Sept.)
Tasca’s Unlimited in September

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