Thu 24 Feb 2011
Thanks to Frank Uible ’57’s comment, I just learned that his son (Frank Uible ’85) is one of the partners responsible for DC’s newest food truck: Pi on Wheels, the mobile version of the soon-to-open DC location of Uible’s restaurant District of Pi.
I understand that this week has been their first week of regular lunchtime operations (they’re serving lunch today in Chinatown and lunch tomorrow in Franklin Square), but I heard positive reviews from their grand-opening “free pizza” day, held two weeks ago. The truck offers 9-inch, deep-dish, cornmeal crust pizzas for $12, with offerings like “The Beltway” (zucchini, feta, kalamata olives and basil) and “Southside” (sausage, green pepper, mushroom, and onion). So yes, that means they do offer “Combo ‘Za.”
St. Louis Magazine had some background on the storefront restaurant and Uible’s co-owner Chris Sommers a few months ago:
The pizza that then president-elect Obama proclaimed “the best pizza I have ever eaten” (story #2 here) will soon be a local phone call away. (I’d give anything to take that first order…”Will that be for pick up or delivery, Mr. President?” And just think, no more annoying pizza-making trips to the White House kitchen for Mr. Sommers…
Folks observing Sommers’ recent trips to The District figured he was either opening up a pizza joint there or running for office. We can all breathe a sigh of relief…he’s still one of us.
OK, onto the details: The District of Pi will be located on F Street, 7-8 blocks from the White House in Penn Quarter, close to the Verizon Center and to the offices of many large law firms (branches of locals Bryan Cave and Polsinelli among them). The space is 4500 SF (= approx 150 seats), plus an additional 800 SF in a mezzanine. “It had to be that big to support the rent,” shrugged Sommers.
Pi’s custom-brewed beer, Pi Common, crafted by Schlafly (and incidentally available for the first time tonight at all but the Chesterfield Pi) will be available in DC as well. ( A moderately-hoppy lager, “common beer” was popularized in California; the most famous California common beer being Anchor Steam.)
Like other food trucks, Pi on Wheels can be tracked via Twitter or Facebook. Uible and Sommers had originally hoped to open the storefront location (910 F Street, NW) by Pi Day, March 14, but difficulties with building permits and other red tape have postponed opening day until the summer.
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