The Slices Story
When Washington DC natives Eric Duensing and Tom MacDonald got together for pints on a brisk Fall night in 2009, they commiserated over DC’s tragic lack of hot, fresh, New York-style pizza by the slice. It was a problem they decided to fix once and for all, and for veteran vendor Tom the solution was a no-brainer: build a food truck and travel to any and all parts of the DMV lacking good ‘za.
A few months later DC Slices made its first appearance on a Friday in April at Farragut Square, marking what would soon become a weekly tradition in the quickly growing food truck scene. When Eric and Tom realized that they couldn’t keep up with rising demand for their delicious slices on their own, they brought in current General Manager, and now co-owner, Zack Graybill as DC Slices’ first full time crew member. Soon thereafter, DC Slices was going to five lunch locations a week and becoming a weekend staple out front of Dodge City on U St and Ultra Bar in Chinatown.
To keep up with the pace of growth, DC Slices has had the pleasure of working with many people from the area over the years. We currently have a full-time staff of 12 and while Tom is no longer involved, two veteran staffers, John Strocko and Andrew Knepp joined the DC Slices LLC partnership. Blessed with many talented individuals, DC Slices, has extended partnership to two more veteran staffers, Jessica Gray and Mark Reeth. These four add tons of talent and help the many aspects of the growing operations that makes DC Slices a successful brand.
Our Right to Vend
As the number of food trucks serving hungry lunch-goers increased over time, a growing amount of opposition began to call for restraining and even banning food trucks from the DMV. Realizing that we needed to fight for our right to (pizza) party, DC Slices became a co-founder of the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia Food Truck Association (DMVFTA). After two rounds of harmful legislation were proposed and subsequently shot down, the DMVFTA was able to work with the DC government to allow a symbiotic food truck culture to thrive. This was accomplished with the help of various supportive council members, the mayor, and a massive showing of support from District residents. In return, we’re proud to prepare the best darn pizza this town has ever seen.
DC Slices: By Pizza Lovers, For Pizza Lovers
DC Slices is the oldest and one of the busiest food truck companies in the District, Maryland and Virginia. Our base of operations is a large depot in South Arlington where we have our office, kitchen, plenty of storage, repairs space, a refrigerated trailer, two supply vans and our four trucks.
The partners behind the DC Slices brand have always looked to the future and sought growth. In 2014, Eric Duensing and Zachary Graybill seized a unique and rare opportunity to start a pizza business at the vacation resort town, Seabrook, in Washington state. They started with a wood-fired pizza food truck and the next year started work on a pizzeria called Frontagers Pizza Co.
Two years of successfully growing and running Frontagers have also provided ample learning opportunities in the nuances of a brick and mortar business. To prepare for the day the DC Slices brand could open an East Coast slice joint, several of our staff have been sent to the West Coast to be trained in those nuances. The benefits were immediately seen in their increased cooking and preparation abilities. It also provides a great employment opportunity to be able to send staff across the country. They love it!