The Fauci Pouchy has arrived in Tysons.
The first Virginia franchise of D.C.-based Capo Deli is now open for business at 8359B Leesburg Pike in Tysons Square by the Greensboro Metro station, offering fresh Italian subs and cocktail pouches inspired by longtime U.S. health official Dr. Anthony Fauci.
The location has actually been operating since early June, according to Ziad Abulaban, who co-owns the Tysons site with his brother, Mohammed. However, they’ve taken a gradual approach to advertising the opening, starting with an Instagram post on July 11 before making the leap to Facebook on Aug. 17.
No grand opening date has been set yet, as the business works to bolster its staff. Like other restaurants in recent months, Capo Deli Tysons has struggled with hiring, to the point where it temporarily reduced its hours to 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The deli’s two D.C. locations are open until 8 p.m. on weekdays.
“We don’t want to do a grand opening and not be able to keep the Capo standard,” Ziad told FFXnow. “Right now, we’re still in soft opening until we get more employees and get everybody trained. We want to make sure our product is 100%.”
A spin-off of a long-standing Italian deli in Florida, Capo Deli planted its flag in D.C.’s Shaw neighborhood in June 2017 and quickly generated buzz — including from Ziad, who was quoted by Eater DC praising its late-night hours.
Just a few years later, Ziad has gone from patron to franchisee, partnering with the business to expand it into Northern Virginia, where he grew up.
“I loved the sandwiches so much, and there’s not really a good sit-down deli like we have, so we decided to bring it to the Tysons area,” Ziad said.
Despite the build-out taking twice as long as anticipated, thanks to pandemic-related construction and permitting delays, the opening “has been great” so far, Mohammed Abulaban says.
The bread comes fresh every day, and all of the sauces and dressings are made in-house, according to Capo Deli. In addition to hot and cold subs, the menu features salads, pasta dishes, and sweets like tiramisu and cannoli.
The “Fauci Pouchy” cocktails were introduced in spring 2020, as the deli adapted to a world shut down by the COVID-19 pandemic. With some pouches from a liquor provider and an abundance of lemons on hand, Capo Deli’s beverage director concocted a vodka mint lemonade with elderberry and grapefruit.
“It just kind of exploded,” Capo Deli spokesperson Natalie Flynn said. “We had the right product at the right time and right moment. It was very of the moment.”
While Fauci’s plans to retire suggest the drinks may need a rebranding at some point, Capo Deli’s fresh ingredients and old-school “family vibe” — as Ziad describes the atmosphere — are what the Abulabans hope will help the Tysons location replicate the success of its D.C. predecessors.
Mohammed expressed appreciation for the support the deli has already gotten from nearby businesses and the community, which he says has “welcomed us with open arms.”
“We couldn’t have asked for more. We really feel blessed,” he said.
The weekend is almost here. Before you double check your Congressional district or head to bed for some much-needed sleep, let’s revisit the past week of news in Fairfax County….
McLean High School teacher Jeffrey Brocketti can’t wait to tell everyone what he discussed with host Pat Sajak during a “Wheel of Fortune” commercial break. He will soon be allowed…
A DogFest is coming to Reston Town Square Park tomorrow (Saturday). The event, slated to take place from 11 a.m to 3 p.m. at 11900 Market Street, will benefit Canine…
(Updated at 6:15 p.m.) — Bailey’s Crossroads, including Route 7 and Crossroads Place, has reopened and shelter-in-place orders have been lifted after reported gunshots prompted a massive police response to…
Are you tired of going to the gym? It might be the crowds, the locker room, waiting on equipment or the time it takes to commute to the gym.
Having a personal trainer come to your home will keep you accountable, save you time and allow you to workout in the comfort of your own home.
Skip the hassle of the gym and try our in-home personal training service.
Our services are reasonably priced, convenient, effective and are risk free.
Ending your marriage and living in the shadows of its pain is one thing, but when children (2 and 4 legged ones) are involved it’s not only about you. Divorce Mediation is the way to resolve the past and establish a solid, cooperative foundation to reorganize the relationship with your former partner. Everyone involved will benefit and you will gain peace-of-mind. Divorce Mediation is the cost effective way to negotiate your divorce and sign a Separation Agreement that is equitable and fair.
Walid Jawad will facilitate the divorce process in a calm and thoughtful manner to help you establish the foundation for your next phase in life. Walid’s 5-Star google reviews is a testament to his dedication to limiting divorcing couples’ stress during this intense transitional period.
Mediate your divorce virtually from the convenience of your kitchen table for $1,200 and save yourself the average Virginia cost of $15,000 per divorce and $22,000 with children. Make a complimentary appointment with Walid at Aether Mediation here: www.aethermediation.com
The Ravel Dance Company will present this holiday tradition for the 2nd year at the gorgeous Capital One Hall main stage. It is a wonderful way to start the holiday season. Follow Clara through her journey to the Pine forest,