Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Custom FUEL Dupont Circle Grand Opening

Custom FUEL opened its third DC location today, taking over the much sought-after 1635 Connecticut Avenue, NW space, two blocks north of Dupont Circle (former home to Potbelly... yawn.) Today's bow was officially a soft opening; but that didn't stop hundreds of hungry pizza fans from getting their first (of many, many) pizza fixes.

Speaking of pizza... Co-owner Zach Current has been busy concocting five new pizza creations, including my latest favorite, Cipollini Onion, Chicken Sausage & Roasted Red Peppers. Trust me, you're gonna love chicken sausage. Also debuting, the truly decadent Mushroom & Truffle Cream, which puts the P in Premium Pizza. I draw the line at three pies in one sitting; but I can't wait to get my hands on Prosciutto, Fig & Arugula with a blend of Gorgonzola and Mozzarella cheeses. Riviera brings spinach, artichoke and Kalamata olives to the party; while Spinach & Chicken Alfredo combines Alfredo sauce with roasted chicken, spinach and Parmesan-garlic cheese. Pies range from $6.57 for Just Cheese to $9.37 for seven different Premium pies, each one assembled before your eyes with your choice of add-ons/substitutions.

Dining area

Plans for an official opening celebration are still in the works, but Custom FUEL joins nearby Five Guys as the ultimate 1-2 fast casual combination: Guess where I'll be all summer? Custom FUEL's Dupont Circle location will be open seven days a week, 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM.

Order station

My favorite stools!

Co-owner Jeremy Wladis takes a breather... sorta

Classic Sausage, Pepper & Onion Pizza

½ Chicken Sausage and ½ Mushroom & Truffle Cream Pizza*

* Don't get too excited. ½ pizzas aren't available for retail (at least not yet.) Call this one a "media sampler," one of the perks of running a food & entertainment website.