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Growing Naan Pizza Chain Is Headed to Chinatown

Spice 6 Modern Indian is replacing Jewish deli On Rye

Assorted dishes at Spice 6.
Spice 6 [Official photo]
Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

Fast-casual Spice 6 Modern Indian is opening in Chinatown next month, sliding into the space formerly occupied by short-lived Jewish deli On Rye.

The new location at 740 Sixth Street NW, projected to arrive in mid-April, will be the six-year-old brand’s third; there are existing spots in Hyattsville, Maryland, and Vienna, Virginia, with a fourth slated to debut in Westfield Montgomery Mall’s food court in mid-May.

Chef Upendra Thapaliya, a native of Nepal, offers naan pizza, rice bowls, salads, naan wraps, and kabob platters at each quick-service location.

Exclusive to the 2,500-square-foot Chinatown outpost will be a full dosa menu, as well as a Southern Indian donut made from lentil flour, onions, and spices, dipped in sambar and served with a coconut and tomato chutney.

D.C. recently got another Indian option nearby with the arrival of Karma Modern Indian in Penn Quarter.