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A Look Inside Arcuri, Aiming to Open in Mid-April

Missy Frederick is the Cities Director for Eater.

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Glover Park may have lost a major restaurant yesterday, but there's a new one on the way. The site's still very much a work in progress, but the team behind the upcoming Arcuri is still optimistic about a late April opening.

Workers are transforming the former Kavanaugh's Pizza Pub into something a bit more upscale. Arcuri will seat about 116 people, with room for 18-20 seats around the bar. The divider separating the bar area from the main restaurant has been torn down, and workers are installing touches such as granite countertops, brushed steel accents and a wooden floor for the private dining room. The wood-burning pizza oven will remain a centerpiece of Arcuri. Work on the restaurant's kitchen begins in the next few days.

"I'm just cooking food that I want to eat," said chef Dick Jones, who says he wants the restaurant to accessible like New York's acclaimed Locanda Verde, where he used to cook. He's developing a menu of housemade pastas, pizzas and Italian-style first and second courses. The restaurant hopes to have an opening date solidified in the next couple weeks, according to co-owner Adam Hiltebeitel, an industry vet and Glover Park native.
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