Capriotti’s, the Delaware-based delicatessen whose favor with Vice President Joe Biden has been well-documented, will open its first D.C. location at 1800 M St. NW.
George Vincent Jr., the Capriotti’s franchisee developing the D.C. market, confirmed he has signed a lease for the space. He hopes to open the deli by the first or second week of November. Miller Walker Retail Real Estate represented Capriotti’s in the deal.
“Maybe instead of [Biden] and [President Barack Obama] going to Taylor Gourmet, they are going to be coming to Capriotti’s,” Vincent said.
The fast-casual restaurant will face M Street in a location formerly home to a My Eye Dr., which moved to a new location on L Street NW in 2012. Vincent is hoping the shop will get Biden’s attention, especially given that it’s just a few blocks from the White House.
The owner is also near a deal for a location in Rosslyn, and is in talks for spots in Georgetown, Capitol Hill and in College Park.
The downtown location will offer text message specials to those who sign up. Vincent expects to do a good deal of business during the lunch hour, but is also planning to stay open late on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, “to service the club and bar scene we know is in that area,” he said. “We’re right on the border of a seven-days-a-week area.”