In the last two days, we were tipped off to two new Penn Quarter restaurant openings. The first restaurant is District of Pi (as reported by stlmag), which will occupy one of the last remaining retail spaces on F St at approximately 914 F St NW, next to the Ventana condominium. The second restaurant announcement is for Graffiato (as reported by Going Out Gurus), which will occupy the vacant building that sits between the Cosmopolitan Condominium and the Myrene Condominium buildings at 707 6th St NW.
District of Pi is a pizzeria based out of St. Louis, MO and will host about 150 seats plus another 800 sq ft of space in the mezzanine of the building. The pizzeria also features custom-brewed beer, Pi Common, crafted by Schlafly, a Saint Louis Brewery.
Graffiato will serve simple Italian dishes like stuffed ravioli, wood-fired pizza and gnocchi with gravy. Of course, the owner and top-chef celebrity, Mike Isabella, will strive to make these simple dishes more extraordinary than your mom used to make. He has tapped talent from Zaytinya and his 145-seat restaurant will feature two levels, bar and pizza counter on the bottom floor and charcuterie and cheese bar on the upper level.
Thanks to PQL commenter pqtova for the tip on Pi restaurant!