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New York Hit Emmy Squared Will Bring Two Detroit-Style Pizza Places to D.C.

The first is expected to open in Shaw by early next year

A pepperoni and jalapeno pizza from Emmy Squared
A pepperoni and jalapeno pizza from Emmy Squared
Emmy Squared [official]

Emmy Squared, the Detroit-style pizza shop that has taken New York City and Nashville by storm, plans to open two locations in D.C. next year that will sell its deep-dish pan pies, indulgent double cheeseburgers, and other specials that throw calorie counts to the wind.

The first, located in the Shaw space that recently housed Tim Ma’s Kyirisan, is expected to open in early 2020, according to a representative for the company. A second is headed to an undisclosed location in Navy Yard. Washingtonian first reported news of the brand’s landing places Friday.

Detroit-style pizza is distinguished by its square shape, dense, focaccia-like crust, and a ladling of sauce on top of cheese that’s baked directly into the dough. Red Light on 14th Street NW rolled out its own version this summer, and a Detroit-style shop called Viaggio just opened in National Harbor around Thanksgiving. The popularity of the style outside of its home city can be traced in large part to Emmy Squared.

Emily and Matt Hyland opened the first Emmy Squared in Brooklyn in 2016. In less than four years, the brand has grown from that first shop in Williamsburg to a chain with six locations in three states.

A “Le Big Matt” burger from Emmy Squared
A “Le Big Matt” burger from Emmy Squared
Emmy Squared [official]

After opening two restaurants in New York, Emmy Squared opened two in Nashville last year. An outpost in Philadelphia opened this October, and a sixth spot opens tonight on the Upper East Side in NYC. Nashville-based partner Howard Greenstone told Eater NY earlier this year that parent company Pizza Loves Emily had plans to expand across the East Coast.

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