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The trattoria Arcuri (2400 Wisconsin Ave.) has made a few changes to the ground-floor space it took over from Kavanagh’s Pizza Pub a few months ago. Gone are the tall booths that separated the bar area from the front dining room—and hid the narrow bar. The idea was to open up the view from outside to make a more inviting, friendly space, says Adam Hiltebeitel, one of the restaurant’s four co-owners. The owners have also redone the bathrooms and created a simple, rustic/industrial design in the dining room with a new bar and new poured-concrete floors. The restaurant will quietly open for dinner later this week with a limited menu so staff can work out the inevitable kinks in their procedures. Its official opening is June 22, Hiltebeitel says.

UPDATE: Prince of Petworth has more info and tons of pix.

UPDATE 2: Eater has some tasty deets about the cuisine.

UPDATE 3: Patch has info on the interior and the housemade limoncello!

UPDATE 4: City Paper has more on the limoncello.

UPDATE 5: Brightest Young Things goes into detail on food prep.

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Arcuri is accepting applications for all its hourly positions through Friday, according to a Craigslist post: “Experience is a plus but detail oriented, hard working and fun are a must!” The Venice-style trattoria is taking over the former Kavanagh’s Pizza Pub space at 2400 Wisconsin Ave. Co-owner Adam Hiltebeitel says he anticipates opening around June 5, but “we’ll certainly be at Glover Park Day” on June 1 with pizza and other offerings.

Though the full menu is still “a work in progress,” according to Hiltebeitel, the draft includes misticanza salad with duck prosciutto, Sicilian pinenuts, and ramp dressing ($9.50); wood-fired pork chop with vinegar peppers, glazed cipollini, and pork jus ($20); and pizza toppings such as green apple, fennel sausage, and broccoli rabe.

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From the April 2013 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

On February 20, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board cancelled the liquor license for Margarita’s Restaurant (formerly at 2317 Wisconsin, the current home of Sprig & Sprout). The licensee, Maria Villalta, closed Margarita’s several years ago. Lately, she has tried unsuccessfully to find a new location for her restaurant or a buyer for her license.

Under Glover Park’s liquor license moratorium, up to 14 restaurants in the neighborhood are allowed to have full-service restaurant (CR) licenses. At press time, the former Margarita’s license was one of two Glover Park CR licenses that were unused and unapplied-for, according to an Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration spokesman.

The closing of Mayfair & Pine (2218 Wisconsin Ave.) and Kavanagh’s Pizza Pub (2400 Wisconsin Ave.) has left two more Glover Park CR licenses idle, though the Kavanagh’s license will soon be put to use at Arcuri, a trattoria slated to open in late April. The liquor license for JP’s Night Club (2412 Wisconsin Ave.), expected to reopen in May, is a nightclub (CN) license.

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From the April 2013 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

Arcuri, the trattoria coming to the former Kavanagh’s Pizza Pub space at 2400 Wisconsin Ave., is expected to open late this month, according to co-owner Adam Hiltebeitel.

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2400 Wisconsin, March 2, 2013Kavanagh’s Pizza Pub (2400 Wisconsin Ave.) closed in late January. “We are truly grateful for all of the support we have received from our customers, many of whom have become good friends,” owners Lee Abbott and Kevin McFillin wrote in a farewell letter. “We wish our successors all the best! Thank you for a great 8 1/2 years!

The ground-floor restaurant was sold to a group of four local friends who plan to reopen in mid-April as Arcuri, a trattoria featuring brick oven pizza, antipasti, and other Italian fare. The décor will be “rustic with an industrial city feel,” co-owner Adam Hiltebeitel tells us. The restaurant’s chef will be co-owner Richard Jones, formerly of 2941 Restaurant in Falls Church and Locanda Verde in TriBeCa.

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We’ve been hearing rumors this week that Kavanagh’s (2400 Wisconsin Ave.) is on the verge of being sold. Now a liquor license transfer application reveals to whom. A limited liability corporation named “we are 4 partners” has applied to take over the license for the popular pizzeria. The members of the corporation are Adam Hiltebeitel, Joseph Chapman, Bryce Gerlach, and Richard A. Jones.

The application states that the switch in ownership would mean no substantial change to the area’s property values, parking, or peace and quiet. But the sample menu supplied as part of the application suggests a significant culinary shift away from Kavanagh’s simple, hearty fare. Potential dishes include bone marrow crostini with chestnuts, shallots, and lemon; charred octopus with smoked fingerlings, celery and soppressata (a dry salami); agnolotti (a kind of ravioli) with pumpkin, brown butter, and sage; and prosciutto-wrapped cod with fregola (a pasta similar to couscous), quince, roasted fennel, and salsa verde. The sample menu also lists several pizzas, including clam with bread crumbs, lemon, oregano, and four cheeses.

According to a spokesman for the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration, the transfer application is still awaiting review by an agency licensing specialist. If it passes that, it will be presented to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board for consideration.

An email to Kavanagh’s sent yesterday afternoon received no reply, and this evening the pizzeria’s owner could not be reached by phone, nor could the attorney for “we are 4 partners.”

UPDATED: PoPville reports that the new restaurant would be called Arcuri.

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From the February 2012 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

Looking for a place to watch the Super Bowl on February 5? Glover Park has got you covered.

Bourbon (2348 Wisconsin Ave.) will offer happy hour draft beer prices (i.e., $2 off), whiskey specials, and half-price appetizers from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Breadsoda (2233 Wisconsin Ave.) plans $3 Bud, Bud Light, PBR, and Miller Lite; free pool, shuffleboard, and Wii till closing; and food specials including nachos, tacos, and chili dogs from noon to closing that day.

Heritage Asia (2400 Wisconsin Ave.) will offer Tandoori wings for $5, tap beers for $3, and margarita pitchers for $16 during the Super Bowl.

Kavanagh’s (2400 Wisconsin Ave.) will offer its “barstool special” from 5 p.m. on: a pint of beer plus a slice of pizza for $5. They’ll also have wings for $5.

Mason Inn (2408 Wisconsin Ave.) will have themed drink specials for each team, specials on Bud Light pitchers, and a DJ playing before and after the game and during halftime.

If you’re hosting a party, Old Europe (2434 Wisconsin Ave.) is offering free delivery on a party platter that feeds 10-12 people. The $150 platter features handmade pretzels with “Obatzda” (beer cheese spread), bite size chicken schnitzel and “Frikadellen” (meatballs), sausage sampler with mustard duo and curry ketchup, potato pancakes with a garlic-parsley dip, and your choice of potato salad, sauerkraut or tossed greens. To order, call 202-333-7600.

Surfside (2444 Wisconsin Ave.) will be featuring its taco bar: grilled steak, chicken and shrimp, plus toppings including guacamole and lime sour cream, for $19.95 per person.

Town Hall (2340 Wisconsin Ave.) hadn’t cemented its Super Bowl plans at press time, but “we’ll take a stab at doing something fun,” says managing partner Paul Holder.

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