Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza to Open in Early 2020 in Bethesda

Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza to Open in Early 2020 in Bethesda

Restaurant will move into former home of Community Diner, One Burger

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Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza is scheduled to open in the former Community diner space at 7776 Norfolk Ave

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Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza expects to open its downtown Bethesda early next year.

The Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based chain announced in May that it would open in the former Community diner space at 7776 Norfolk Ave. in Woodmont Triangle.

Last month, the Montgomery County Board of License Commissioners approved the restaurant’s liquor license, Alcoholic Beverage Services Licensure Manager Jocelyn Rawat wrote in an email.

“Now the business just needs to get a final inspection and pick up the license,” she wrote.

Katie Knight, the pizza chain’s chief marketing officer, said in an interview Friday that she thinks the Bethesda location will open in February or March.

Knight said Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza has more than 60 locations around the country, but the Bethesda restaurant will be the chain’s first in Maryland.

“We believe it’s a market that has great potential. We believe that coal fired pizza is a unique and differentiated product that is not in the Bethesda market,” she said when asked about Bethesda.

Knight said Anthony’s restaurants typically hold many fundraiser nights, when a portion of the evening’s proceeds go toward a local charity. The Bethesda location will do the same.

“We’ll be reaching out to local schools and other organizations to see how we can help them fundraise,” she said.

Community, an upscale diner, closed in October 2017 after a little less than a year in business. The former restaurant’s owner, Marc Bucher, attributed the diner’s failure to “tremendous service and training issues.”

Less than one week after Community’s closing, Bucher, who also owns the Medium Rare restaurant chain, converted the space into a burger restaurant called One Scotch, One Burger, One Beer.

Bucher closed the burger restaurant after two months, saying it was “the wrong time and the wrong concept” for the location.

Bucher said at the time that he had trouble maintaining the two restaurants in Woodmont Triangle, in part because not many millennials were dining out.

Dan Schere can be reached at Daniel.schere@bethesdamagazine.com

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