Today is the official grand opening of the new Taylor Gourmet, located next to the entrance of The K at City Vista, at 485 K Street NW. This second location will have similar hours to the H Street NE location, opening daily at 11am and closing at 10pm for now, with late night hours extending to 3am on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights once the place gets up and running.
I was lucky enough to attend the pre-opening party on Tuesday night, and enjoyed my Spruce Street hoagie and an order of mozzarella sticks I shared with bloggers FourthandEye and PQResident. The space, while small, is decorated similar to the H Street NE location, with a bit more of a funky flair. The garage door is a bit wider and will open to outdoor seating in front of the restaurant (on K Street) once the weather gets warm again. And like the other location, delivery will be available, but the delivery area has not yet been determined.
Owners Casey Patten and David Mazza kept green design in mind by creating lighting fixtures from oil drums and drywall buckets. And there’s a large communal dining table in the middle of the seating area, composed of scrap metal from the outdoor signage build-out and wooden floor boards from a recent renovation the pair recently completed.
The menu features the same signature selection of hoagies, chicken cutlet sandwiches, salads and fried pasta treats. The Taylor emphasis on quality also continues with turkey roasted in-house, homemade risotto balls and mozzarella sticks, cured meats and aged cheeses imported from Italy, and rolls couriered daily from Philadelphia’s Sarcone’s Bakery. It’s a winning formula that earned the Italian deli a spot on the Young & Hungry Top 50 Best DC Restaurants from the Washington City Paper only months after opening.
The gourmet grocery include items such as San Marzano tomatoes, pastas, and what a fellow City Vista resident claims to be some of “the best tomato sauce you can buy”. Catering is available for neighborhood businesses and residents alike. And while Taylor sells Italian and artisan beer and 30 Italian wines under $30, the store will only have an off-premises liquor license, meaning customers can buy bottles of wine but can’t buy a pint of beer or glass of wine to enjoy with their sandwich on site.
Taylor, we welcome you, and your tasty food, to the neighborhood!