After spending the past three years building a cult following for its wood-fired “Neapolitan-ish” pizzas, biscuits, and empanadas, Petworth’s Timber Pizza Co. has a deal in place to put a location inside Reagan National Airport in Arlington.
Timber is part of a group of vendors, spanning from Founding Farmers to P.F. Chang’s, that will set up in a new concourse expected to open in 2021. Reagan National says a $1 billion investment went into an initiative dubbed Project Journey that includes constructing a new, 14-gate concourse and making improvements throughout the airport.
Since opening on Upshur Street NW in 2016, Timber Pizza Co. has spent time on Eater D.C.’s Essential 38, been lauded by Bon Appétit in 2017, and made appearances on several local “best of” lists. Co-owner Andrew Dana and chef Daniela Moreira — an Eater Young Gun (’17) — have used the momentum from Timber’s success to open smash hit bagel shop Call Your Mother in Park View and Turu’s pizza in Ballston Quarter’s hip new food hall. The couple are working with Johanna Hellrigl Wilder and Micah Wilder to open Mercy Me, an all-day spot in with a South American vibe, next year in the West End.
Timber Pizza Co. is partnering with other operators at the airport. A news release from Atlanta-based Jackmont Hospitality says culinary director Todd Richards will work with Moreira to ensure the new location meets Timber’s standards. Richards is a two-time James Beard award semifinalist for his work in Atlanta and Louisville.
Jackmont is a restaurant operator that owns several airport concessions businesses and 37 TGI Fridays across the U.S. The Timber deal also includes Baldi Management Group, a concessions manager that’s based out of Reagan and is already affiliated with Dunkin’ Donuts, Potbelly, and Smashburger.
The deal could potentially open the door for Timber Pizza Co. to move into other airports. Jackmont runs concourse restaurants in Atlanta, Baltimore, Miami, and L.A. Baldi is at Reagan, Dulles International, and JFK Airport in New York.