The Fauci Pouchy has arrived at Tysons.
Virginia’s first franchise of DC-based Capo Deli is now open at 8359B Leesburg Pike at Tysons Square near the Greensboro subway station, offering fresh Italian subs and cocktail bags inspired by Dr. Anthony Fauci, longtime US health official.
The site has actually been running since early June, according to Ziad Abulaban, who co-owns the Tysons site with his brother, Mohammed. However, they took a phased approach to announcing the opening, starting with an Instagram post on July 11 before moving to Facebook on August 17.
No opening date has yet been set as the company strives to bolster its staff. Like other restaurants in recent months, Capo Deli Tysons has struggled to hire, to the point that it temporarily reduced its hours to 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The grocery store’s two DC locations are open until 8 p.m. weekdays.
“We don’t want to do a big opening and not be able to maintain the Capo standard,” Ziad told FFXnow. “At the moment we are still in pre-opening until we have more employees and everyone is trained. We want to make sure that our product is 100%”.
A spinoff of a longtime Italian grocery store in Florida, Capo Deli planted its flag in DC’s Shaw neighborhood in June 2017 and quickly generated buzz — including from Ziad, who was quoted by Eater DC praising its late evening hours.
A few years later, Ziad went from philanthropist to franchisee, partnering with the business to expand into northern Virginia, where he grew up.
“I liked the sandwiches so much, and there’s not really a good grocery store like us, so we decided to bring it to the Tysons area,” Ziad said.
Although construction has taken twice as long as expected, thanks to pandemic-related construction and permit delays, the opening “has been great” so far, says Mohammed Abulaban.
The bread is fresh daily and all the sauces and dressings are homemade, according to Capo Deli. In addition to hot and cold subs, the menu features salads, pasta dishes, and sweets like tiramisu and cannoli.
“Fauci Pouchy” cocktails were introduced in the spring of 2020, as the grocery store adapted to a world shut down by the COVID-19 pandemic. With a few sachets from a liquor supplier and an abundance of lemons on hand, Capo Deli’s beverage manager whipped up a vodka mint lemonade with elderberry and grapefruit.
“It just exploded,” Capo Deli spokeswoman Natalie Flynn said. “We had the right product at the right time at the right time. It was very current. »
While Fauci’s plans to retire suggest the drinks might need a rebrand at some point, Capo Deli’s fresh ingredients and old-school “family vibe” – as Ziad describes it atmosphere – are what the Abulabans hope will help the Tysons site replicate the success of its DC predecessors.
Mohammed expressed his gratitude for the support the grocery store has already garnered from neighboring businesses and the community, which he said “welcomed us with open arms.”
“We couldn’t have asked for better. We feel truly blessed,” he said.