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Pinstripes: The Story Behind the Bocce

Washington DC Dining DC

One of Georgetown's latest additions is Chicago-based Pinstripes Bowling, Bocce, & Bistro. This isn't your typical Italian restaurant, nor is it your typical bowling alley. In keeping with the feel of Georgetown, Pinstripes adds an upscale touch to its three offerings (bowling, bocce, and Italian-American cuisine). CEO Dale Schwartz tells us he came up with the name while living and working in NYC—it's a fun business-suit-meets-bowling-pins pun, and perfectly captures the kind of upscale fun that Pinstripes offers.

The DC location is Pinstripes' first on the East Coast, but is the beginning of a large strategic expansion. In addition to looking for space in Philly, NJ, and the greater NYC area, Dale tells us that in the next few years, look for Pinstripes in the North Bethesda/Rockville area; in fact, they're close to finalizing a deal in the Pike & Rose development. Eventually, he also plans to look at Reston Town Center and Tysons.