01/12/2012 01:37 pm ET

North Carolina-Based Fuel Pizza To Open K Street Spot On January 18

WASHINGTON -- New York-style pizza from North Carolina headed to D.C.? Sounds strange, but it's true: Charlotte-based pizzeria Fuel opens its first location outside the Carolinas on Jan. 18 at 1606 K St. NW.

There are currently 11 other Fuel shops in North Carolina and South Carolina, the first of which opened in 1998 when, according to a media advisory, owners Jeremy Wladis and Paula Seefeldt couldn't find a decent slice for miles around.

Despite the mom-and-pop branding, the chain is operated by Wladis and Seefeldt's New York-based company The Restaurant Group, which the Washington Business Journal says has been eyeing the D.C. market for about five years.

The D.C. iteration has a menu addition that courts its new clientele: Old Bay Crab Pizza. There are also items like the Extreme Fuel, which packs on the protein in the form of Italian sausage, meatballs, ham and ground beef topped with mozzarella. For gluten-free folks, there's an extensive list of pies -- 18 of them. Wings, calzones, salads and sandwiches round out the menu.

If you still need an incentive to pay a visit, the first 50 customers to drop by on Jan. 18 get free food for one whole year. Everyone else gets to eat on the house that day. The celebration lasts from noon until 6 p.m. that evening.

The K Street spot is only the first Fuel of two leased locations. The second will be at 600 F St. NW.