- The Washington Times - Monday, August 20, 2007

A Dallas pizza chain, suspiciously named after Boston, is making strides in the Washington area, through Waldorf.

Boston’s the Gourmet Pizza & Sports Bar, a casual restaurant and bar, opened in Waldorf last week and announced plans for three more Maryland stores. Those sites have not been selected.

“We’re looking in additional markets… where there are good demographics, good rooftops and good disposable income,” said Ben Hiatt, of Optimum Hospitality Services, a Fairfax Station company that is advising Boston’s.

The chain, which placed its latest restaurant at 10440 O’Donnell Place near the St. Charles Town Center, is known for gourmet pizzas. Its menu also includes sandwiches, salads, pasta and hamburgers. The 6,500-square-foot restaurant includes 13 plasma-screen televisions, a large-screen projector and rooftop patio. It seats 280 people.

“Our sports bar concept is the perfect place to watch the Redskins, Orioles or Ravens soar to victory,” said Pank Presswala, the store’s franchisee owner.

Boston’s the Gourmet is a nine-year-old chain owned by Boston’s Pizza, a Canadian chain founded in 1964. Together, the companies own 300 restaurants in the U.S. and Canada. Boston’s has plans to open 14 restaurants in the U.S. this year.

The company got its name from founder Gus Agiortis, a Greek immigrant who was impressed with things named Boston, whether Boston cream pie, the Boston Red Sox or the Boston Celtics. He wanted his restaurant to be the same high caliber.

Paper the town

FedEx Kinko’s, the office and printing chain, plans to open five new stores in the Washington area — in Rockville, Silver Spring, Sterling and the District — over the next four months as part of a nationwide expansion.

FedEx Corp., a Dallas company, plans to open 300 new stores across the country by the end of next year.

“With our strategic expansion efforts, we are opening the equivalent of one new FedEx Kinko’s location every business day over the 2008 fiscal year,” said Ken May, president and chief executive officer of FedEx Kinko’s.

In other news …

c High-end Italian leather accessories store Brighton Collectibles has opened a store in Westfield Montgomery shopping center. The store will sell Brighton’s full collection of handbags, belts, shoes, jewelry, sunglasses and luggage.

This is Brighton’s third Washington-area store.

c Rock Creek at Mazza restaurant opened earlier this month in the Mazza Gallerie Shopping Center. The 6,600-square-foot restaurant is on the third level of the shopping center, providing views of Chevy Chase.

Executive chef Ethan McKee plans to serve food of French, American and Italian cuisine without the use of butter or cream, making it more healthy.

c The National Building Museum shop was named the year’s best museum store by Niche magazine, an arts publication, earlier this month. Judges based the selection on several factors, including how closely nominees recognize crafts’ country of origin, support American crafters and honor business contracts.

Retail & Hospitality appears Mondays. Contact Jen Haberkorn at 202/636-4836 or jhaberkorn@washingtontimes.com.

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