A new fast-casual Turkish street food spot is shooting to start feeding 9-to-5 workers at the end of the month, with a boat-shaped Turkish pizza called “pide” being the focal point of the operation.
The menu for Tempo (1195 20th Street NW), which went live this week, is centered around a long list of build-your-own options. The star is pide, a traditional Turkish pizza that bakes in less than two minutes; at Tempo it can be topped with eggplant, chicken, lamb, Turkish pastrami, or spinach ($10.59 to $11.99). Or customers can make their own, created with an assortment of featured meats and vegetables, for under $10. Tucked in the “street specialties” section is sucuk — a popular spicy Turkish beef sausage, grilled and served in a rice bowl or pita with toppings ($8.39 to $9.59).
There’s also lahmacun (thin-crust flatbread with minced beef and herbs), doner (Turkish-style shawarma or gyro), falafels, and salads (with greens as bases and toppings with homemade dressings). A diet-busting Turkish baked potato dubbed “kumpir” — a classic to-go order found in Istanbul — comes mashed with butter and cheese, alongside 15 toppings to choose from.
Tempo, which is located next to lunch spot Jack’s Fresh, will feature 45 seats and a grey-and-white color scheme with pops of red.
“We are looking incorporate a modern and clean feel, with authentic Turkish motifs for an experience that will transport our customers to the bustling and hospitable streets of Istanbul,” owner Ugur Altintas tells Eater.
Tempo is projected to operate from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Management is considering staying open later on weekends. Management is expected to announce an opening date in the coming days.