Delaware institution Capriotti's opens its first D.C. location at 1800 M St. NW next Thursday. It's one of many that area developer George Vincent Jr. is planning for the region.
"We're at lease for a Rosslyn store, and we're in talks for a Georgetown location," he told Eater. Capitol Hill and College Park are also possibilities. He'd like to have 4-5 open by this time next year; he's working with Miller Walker Retail Real Estate to find new locations.
Capriotti's is known for its sandwiches like the Bobbie, a turkey and cranberry sauce concoction that will be available just in time for Thanksgiving. The company recently went through a redesign, though people familiar with the chain will recognize the signature brick wall with the Capriotti's logo (it's now backlit and designed to be a "floating wall," Vincent said). The menus are the same at every location.
Though this will be the first local store, Vincent has been surprised at how many D.C. residents are familiar with Capriotti's — people have been stopping by the location to take photos of the sign to send home. "People have been telling me it's always the first place they go when they go back home," he said. They also are asking about the bread, which he says will use the same recipe as the other locations. The first 50 people in line opening day will receive free Bobbie sandwiches. Not into waiting? The restaurant will be open until 3:30 a.m., so those out drinking in Dupont Circle will soon have Capriotti's as a late-night option.
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