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&pizza’s Giving Away Bags With Its New French Onion-Inspired Pizza

Plus, Isabella Eatery rolls out weeknight happy hour deals

The French onion-laced Le Royal at &pizza.
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Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

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February 1, 2018

14th STREET CORRIDOR—Latin-themed Tico is rolling out a new brunch menu under chef de cuisine Rodrigo Perez. Featured offerings include salmon tostada with citrus cream cheese and avocado mousse; a gourmet chia bowl; smoked beef chorizo; and mini funnel cakes with strawberry mango salsa and Thai basil. Debut dishes run $6 to $14.

14th STREET CORRIDOR—With its home team appearing in the rapidly approaching Super Bowl, Philly-based Pizzeria Vetri is offering a 20 percent discount to any customer donning Eagles gear in its D.C. restaurant on Saturday, February 3, and Sunday, February 4. To show team spirit, green-colored creations include truffled artichoke and kale dip. Pizzeria Vetri’s parent company just announced plans to plant a second area restaurant in Bethesda, Maryland.

DUPONT CIRCLE—Heads up, fried chicken sandwich aficionados: A sign posted outside Canadian chain the Chickery, which recently called in Top Chef alum and fellow Canuck Spike Mendelsohn to revamp the menu, says it’s currently closed for maintenance.

FARRAGUT SQUARE—Popville has the scoop on a new Luke’s Lobster that appears to be headed to 800 17th Street NW; it would be the third D.C. location for the burgeoning brand.

MCLEAN—Starting Thursday, February 1, glitzy food hall Isabella Eatery will run a weeknight happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., featuring bar specials at Arroz, Graffiato, Nonfiction Coffee, Pepita, and Requin.

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS—Homegrown chain &pizza is pairing a new seasonal pie with a tote giveaway next week. From Tuesday, February 6, though Sunday, February 11, customers who order a Le Royal (French onion reduction, shredded mozzarella, baguette crouton, garlic oil) will receive a free branded bag.

January 30, 2018

14th STREET CORRIDORJeni Bauer, founder of nationwide chain Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, is coming to D.C. for a breakfast fundraiser at her new shop (1925 14th Street NW). From 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, February 3, Jeni’s will donate half of all sales to politically oriented nonprofit She Should Run. All 32 shops in Bauer’s portfolio will also open early for the pro-empowerment event.

DUPONT CIRCLE—Newcomer Tulips is living up to its name and planning a floral arrangement class every Tuesday, accented by bottomless champagne and passed hors d’oeuvres ($35 per person; starting Saturday, February 10). Newly added menu items at the month-old restaurant include oysters from Rappahannock Oyster Company ($1 during weekly happy hour), lobster rolls, and lamb dip. And its debut brunch, launching Saturday, February 10, is projected to feature bottomless mimosas, bloody marys, oysters, beignets, and one brunch entree for $28.

NAVY YARDProperty developer Grosvenor Americas had a big “oops” moment January 30, erroneously blasting out a press release announcing its tenant Declaration was opening a second eatery this week. The Shaw pizza spot corrected the premature news, telling Eater the restaurant — still very much under construction at 1237 First St SE — won’t open until mid-March.

NAVY YARDMeanwhile, it appears Declaration will have some pie competition near Nationals Park. On January 30 Popville posted a pic of new signage for local chain Wiseguy Pizza spotted at 202 M Street SE.