Gaithersburg, MD, February 6, 2019 – Sodexo, a food service and facilities management company, and the Chief Administrative Officer of the House (CAO) celebrated the grand opening of the &pizza restaurant at the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C., today. &pizza, the homegrown D.C. craft pie purveyor, is bringing its culinary innovation, unique retail design and unmatched employee culture to the Rayburn House Office Building. Sodexo, the food service provider for the House of Representatives, has sub-contracted &pizza, a popular local business, to bring more variety and branded dinning concepts to the staff and guests who visit the Rayburn building.
The celebration featured a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton; Philip G. Kiko, the Chief Administrative Officer of the U.S. House of Representatives; Andy Hooper, Chief People Officer at &pizza; Larry McMarlin, District Manager from Sodexo; and many other local dignitaries.
“Sodexo is pleased to bring a popular, local restaurant brand to the staff and visitors of the U.S. House of Representatives,” said Brett Ladd, CEO Government, North America, Sodexo.
Chief Administrative Officer Philip G. Kiko added, “The House community is always on call and works long hours in demanding jobs and having convenient high-quality food that they enjoy is very important. We welcome &pizza to the popular brands we are opening at the U.S. House.”
The shop marks &pizza’s 33rd location and features all the classic hits in addition to build- your-own custom pie options. Another highlight for busy on-the-go staffers who want to skip the line: &pizza’s order-ahead feature – available online and on the &pizza rewards app.
“Public service is in &pizza’s DNA, so we’re naturally driven to do right by our communities. &pizza got its start in D.C., so this community has been our support system since day one. We’ve always wanted to have a presence in the center of the action on Capitol Hill, so we’re thrilled to open our doors in the Rayburn Building for U.S. representatives, visitors and diplomats from around the world to experience and enjoy &pizza,” explained Andy Hooper, Chief People Officer at &pizza.
The &pizza restaurant will be open to the public Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The restaurant is approximately 500 square feet and employs about 18 Tribe members.
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About Sodexo North America
Sodexo North America is part of a global, Fortune 500 company with a presence in 72 countries. Sodexo is a leading provider of integrated food, facilities management and other services that enhance organizational performance, contribute to local communities and improve quality of life for millions of customers in corporate, education, healthcare, senior living, sports and leisure, government and other environments daily. The company employs 160,000 people at 13,000 sites in all 50 U.S. states and Canada, and indirectly supports tens of thousands of additional jobs through its annual purchases of $19 billion in goods and services from small to large businesses. Sodexo is committed to supporting diversity and inclusion and safety, while upholding the highest standards of corporate responsibility and ethical business conduct. In support of local communities across the U.S., in 2018, Sodexo contributed over 159,500 in volunteer hours, and since 1996, the Stop Hunger Foundation has contributed nearly $34.5 million to help feed children in America impacted by hunger. To learn more about Sodexo, visit SodexoUSA.com, SodexoInsights.com and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.
Founded in 2012 in Washington, D.C.’s historic H Street NE corridor, &pizza set out to create a different kind of pizza shop – one where experience is the focal point, and every shop reflects the culture and people of its neighborhood. Evidence of their disruptive success can be found in the culture of its employees, its rapid expansion and numerous recognitions. The brand was named one of the Top 10 World’s Most Innovative Companies for Social Good by Fast Company in 2018, dubbed the “next generation of pizza” by BuzzFeed, and named Business Insider’s “Most Popular Pizza Chain” in Washington, D.C.