The Matchbox at 14th and T streets NW has room for large parties and up to 250 diners. (Photos by Lavanya Ramanathan/The Washington Post)

The gas lamps are already blazing outside Matchbox at 14th and T streets NW as the fourth local edition of the pizza and sliders emporium prepares to open on Nov. 30.

Housed in a 1907 building that previously hosted Arena Stage rehearsal space (and, before that, a bowling alley, automobile showroom and jazz club), the interior has been transformed into an airy, three-story restaurant, with exposed brick, striking red girders and a ceiling stripped to reveal the original roof. There’s a patio with room for 60 diners and a dedicated takeout entrance facing 14th Street.

But the most exciting news is that the restaurant will seat 250 — including a chef’s table and two ultra-cool second-floor booths with clear walls that offer views of the dining room from above — and has ample seating for parties of six more more.