Attention pizza fans, Eater has an announcement for you, and it's a good one: Flying Squirrel is coming to Georgetown, and it's coming soon.
We caught up with owner Bill Coury to get all the scoop about the exciting news, and begged him to leave nothing out. First, location. The new shop will be opening in the former Calamity Jane's space as soon as possible. "We're hoping to be open in four to five weeks. It's pretty turnkey, really. So, if all goes right, mid-May is the target.
"We just need to put in the pizza oven," Coury says. "We've already ordered it and it's being made as we speak. We really just have to do a little painting, add some tap lines (increasing from three to eight) and put in a walk-in for the kegs."
As for the decision of where to set up shop, Stellar's recent closure did have a little to do with it, but wasn't the driving force. "We've been wanting to open in Georgetown for a while. We love Jules Maes, Star Brassworks, Brass Tacks…all of it. The neighborhood is very Squirrel, and there isn't a ton down there for all-ages. We want to bring the Beacon Hill crowd out, give people another option for pizza. Trib is down there and it's great, but it's a whole different animal."
While Coury thought about looking into the former Stellar location, it didn't work out to rent it. "The new space is a little smaller than Stellar, closer to our Seward Park space, but we actually liked the space better because it's closer to the scene. Plus, we couldn't get ahold of the Stellar owner, so…we moved on."
More newness comes with the hours, which Coury is super stoked about. This will be the first Squirrel location with lunch, and two sizes of pizza will be up for grabs at lunchtime: the regular 15-16" pie and a new 10" personal size. In case you haven't tried them yet, Coury is excited to introduce Squirrel's non-pizza dishes as well. "We have the best meatballs in the city—beef and veal made with Painted Hills meat. They just melt in your mouth. We might try a meatball sandwich at some point…we'll see."
The Dungeness crab dip also gets raves, with Beecher's cheese and Mama Lil's peppers, served with their breadsticks. Georgetown drinkers, too, are invited to add Flying Squirrel to their cocktail bar list. The mid-to-high end spirits list features cocktails to pair with pies. Coury recommends the Number 5 martini, with Don Pilar Añejo tequila, grapefruit bitters, and Dolin sweet vermouth, which he says goes well with the pulled pork pizza. If you're going basic, try the Negroni or a legit house martini made with the "proper" amount of vermouth.
Look for Flying Squirrel to open it's third spot pronto, and follow Eater for the stories of woes, wins along the way, and pics of the new place the second we're allowed in the doors.
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