National on 17th has been closed for the last while for renos and just reopened this weekend. We of course had to stop by to see what had changed. The main layout has remained the same, but the biggest difference to the interior that I noticed was to the bar area and tables and chairs. Instead of the stock mark like boards, the beer list remains stagnant, more like a wood board. The tables and chairs are all new and much more comfy. The bench seating is cushioned and padded, and is all esthetically appealing to the eye.
The biggest difference that I would note however is their food menu. They have your traditional appies and burgers, but they now have a whole section of pizza. The server ranted and raved about the pizza and their collaboration with a local bakery, so we had to take her advice and try it out. Let me tell you, it did not disappoint. The dough was thin but had a puffy crust to it. The prosciutto pizza had a delicious tomato sauce, with lemon rind and arugula. It was absolutely fantastic. The mushroom pizza had a cream sauce and the perfect flavors of the truffle oil. Both were great and I would highly recommend trying them out.