The Dish: Capriotti’s Lands in Georgetown

Iconic Sandwich Shop Opens Georgetown Location.

By Donna Drejza

Customers line up outside Capriotti's sandwich shop in Georgetown on Monday, December 15, 2014.

Customers line up outside Capriotti’s sandwich shop in Georgetown on Monday, December 15, 2014. (Photo by Donna Drejza)

Capriotti’s planted its flag in Georgetown Monday, bringing out hundreds of deli aficionados who patiently waited for hours along 34th Street for the grand opening of the iconic sandwich shop.  The lucky first 100 people in line received a free sandwich. The first 50 received free sandwiches for a year.

Capriotti's Georgetown outpost owner George Vincent at the shop's grand opening on December 15, 2014

Capriotti’s Georgetown outpost owner George Vincent at the shop’s grand opening on December 15, 2014. (Photo by Donna Drejza)

“We saw their promotion on Facebook,” said Georgetown University student AJ Serelemitsos, who favors the Philly Cheese Steak or pastrami subs.  “This place is great…It’s like a high-end Subway.”

The Capriotti chain of over 130 restaurants started in Wilmington, Delaware. The sandwich shop’s original concept was to “capture the heart of real turkey lovers,” and the signature sandwich, The Bobbie, does just that. It’s like Thanksgiving on a bun, with homemade turkey, cranberries and stuffing. Other selections include grilled Italian and Italian sausage subs, and homemade meatballs served on steamed buns.   Vegetarians won’t feel left out – there are four vegetarian selections, including a Veggie Cheese steak.

Inside the new shop, the décor features ridged slate floors, brick walls, high ceilings, and red padded banquets.

Ascalon Retail’s George Vincent owns the 3 Capriotti’s in DC and has the rights to all locations in the District, Loudoun, Arlington, Fairfax and Montgomery Counties.  Vincent says he hopes to eventually open at least 12 locations and perhaps as many as 50.



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