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Granville Moore’s, best known pairing fragrant pots of mussels with Belgian beer, is shaking off its former identity. On Tuesday, May 26, the H Street NE restaurant will reopen as Granville Moore’s Pasta Place, serving Italian comfort food like pepperoni rolls, seafood tagliatelle, spaghetti and meatballs, and cannoli.
D.C. restaurants remain limited to take-out and delivery service until at least June 8, when the current stay-at-home order expires. Mussels aren’t designed to travel and simple, satisfying red sauce Italian food has a better profit margin. Restaurant owners are reaching for more sustainable business models that can withstand future restrictions like limited capacities once dining rooms can reopen.
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic hit D.C., Granville Moore’s owner Ryan Gordon says he was considering opening a restaurant called The Pasta Place. This refresh gives the team an opportunity to take the concept for a test drive. He’ll be the one manning the kitchen. Gordon was able to obtain both a Paycheck Protection Program loan and a microgrant from the city, positioning the restaurant to rehire staff and update the facade of its building to ensure contact-free service.
Starting on May 26, Granville Moore’s Pasta Place will operate Tuesdays through Sundays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Those who pick up their food will receive a 15 percent discount. Delivery is available through Grubhub and Uber Eats. Beer, wine, and a selection of cocktails will also be available.
Once Granville Moore’s PPP funding runs out Gordon says he’ll reassess the future of his restaurant.
“Belgium may or may not come back, but we will have an amazing beer list either way,” Gordon says. “If Belgian doesn’t come back, we will always have something on the menu in honor of the old Granville Moore’s.”