Food & Drink International - Winter 2017, Volume 2 - 91
Matchbox Vintage Pizza
for its selection of craft beers. Though guests will find staples like Stella Artois, they will also see Devil's Backbone Vienna Lager and draft beers from Allagash Brewing Company
in Vermont or a Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA from Milton,
Del. Then there's always a seasonal "wild card" on tap. Each
restaurant generally features about 12 handles.
In addition to craft beers, Matchbox is known for an assortment of draft wines and signature cocktails. All drinks
are handmade. Some of the unique items on the cocktail
menu include a cucumber gin and tonic and a jalapeno cucumber margarita with jalapeno-infused tequila, Patron Citronge, cucumber and lime.
"Many places we go today are very predictable," Lyons says.
"To be different today, you have to be better than yesterday."
Matchbox has designed a community fundraising program
for schools and nonprofit organizations located near its
restaurants. If a group qualifies, the restaurant will help it
raise money for its cause by donating 10 percent of gross
sales on select dates. "You can't have that robotic mentality," Lyons says. "The individual operators are encouraged to
give back to their community."
Matchbox also donates money to a variety of causes including cystic fibrosis and the No Kid Hungry campaign in
Florida. The restaurant group raises up to $75,000 annually
for No Kid Hungry, Lyons says.
Founded in 2003, Matchbox is the brainchild of four friends
who had a vision for great food with seamless service and a
passion for design.
The men bought their first building in Washington, D.C.'s
Chinatown neighborhood, and the business they founded has
never stopped growing.
All menu items are innovative recipes developed by Matchbox chefs in collaboration <<
with Vice President of Culinary Innovation Stephen Lyons.
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