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The St. Louis-based pizza chainlet Pi Pizzeria that claims President Barack Obama as a fan is planning to open its new Bethesda location Monday.

Chris Sommers, founder of Pi Pizzeria, said in an email Thursday the restaurant will hold an invite-only soft opening for friends and family of staff members this weekend before the public opening.

The restaurant is known for its deep-dish cornmeal and thin-crust pizzas. Sommers told Bethesda Beat in February the Bethesda location will offer 15 beers on tap and a large craft beer list, plus garlic bread, chicken wings, salads and desserts, in addition to its lineup of pizzas.

The business has five locations in St. Louis, one in Cincinnati and one in Penn Quarter in Washington, D.C. Bethesda will be its eighth.

The new pizza shop fills the former location of the Neapolitan pizzeria Pitzze Table at 7137 Wisconsin Ave. Pitzze was shut down by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office in March 2015 after the owner failed to pay rent.

Pi Pizzeria takes its name from the mathematical symbol that represents the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. Obama reportedly dubbed Pi’s pizza his favorite after trying it during a St. Louis campaign stop in 2008.

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