When local boys, Eric Duensing and Tom MacDonald, got together for pints on a brisk Fall night, in 2009, they resolved to take on the DMV’s tragic lack of hot, fresh, New-York-style pizza-by-the-slice. To veteran vendor Tom, it was a no-brainer; build a food truck and travel to all the parts of the DMV lacking good Za.
It was a few months, but, DC Slices made ts first appearance on a Friday in April at Farragut Square — Marking what would soon become a Friday tradition in the quickly growing food truck scene. In May,current General Manager, Zack Graybill, joined as DC Slices first full time crew member. Soon, thereafter, DC Slices was going to five lunch location a week and becoming a weekend staple out front of Dodge City on U st. and Ultra Bar in Chinatown.
Today and Tomorrow:
Today, DC Slices has three pizza-makin’-machines on the road, with a fourth planned by the end of 2017, run by a committed crew of cheese lovers slinging pizza at more than 15 locations each week. If we’re not in downtown DC serving the hangry hard-working lunch crowds, we’ll be out in residential neighborhoods helping out families in need of cheese. On weekends, we’re a staple at the many festivals in the area and some of the local breweries – for those looking for seriously-sobering slices.
Fighting for Our Right to Vend:
As the number of food trucks started popping up to serve hungry lunch-goers, a growing amount of opposition started vocalizing restraining and even banning food trucks. Realizing Council members were on the fence and the threat was real, DC Slices was a co-founder of the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia Food Truck Association (DMVFTA). The DMVFTA was at the forefront of a battle to end a moratorium on all food trucks which prevented food trucks from operating in the District. After two rounds of harmful legislation being proposed, we were able to work with the DC government, and those opposed, to allow a symbiotic food truck culture to thrive. This was accomplished with the support of various council members, the mayor and a massive showing of support from district residents.