Richard Sandoval Restaurant News – More Info on Toro Toro Opening at 13th and I St, NW in March, and Reports of Mango Tree, Thai Restaurant, Coming to City Center

1300 I Street, NW

From a press release:

“Acclaimed Chef/Owner Richard Sandoval is pleased to announce the March anticipated opening of his Pan Latin steakhouse concept, Toro Toro, which will be located at 1300 I Street, NW, 20005. Toro Toro is a play on the Japanese word for tuna and the Spanish word for bull. The restaurant will offer a twist on the contemporary steakhouse experience by artfully blending Pan Latin flavors and creative sharing plates. Those dining at this handsome new restaurant will enjoy the 140-seat dining room and the 40-seat seasonal outdoor patio. A 70-seat lounge will be located on the lower level and offer late-night hours for those who wish to dance the night away.

Sandoval latest concept for Washington has a sister restaurant in Dubai, UAE. Guests can anticipate a spin on South and Central American ingredients and flavors through a variety of hot and cold small plates including arepas and ceviches, steaks served a la carte and savory side dishes meant for sharing. Fans will also be able to enjoy Toro Toro’s “Rodizio Experience,” which features unlimited amounts of perfectly grilled meats carved tableside. Endless eats and free-flowing cocktails will take center stage every Saturday and Sunday during the restaurant’s bottomless brunch.

The restaurant will also pour from an expansive beverage program. Guests can anticipate innovative, handcrafted libations made with ultra-premium Latin spirits. Two barrel aged cocktails will also be available, the Buena Vida and the Manhattan de Toro, along with a well-curated collection of 130 wines from around the world, and 35 wines by the glass.

LW Design Group LLC of Dubai, UAE, is responsible for designing the 12,400-square foot space, which draws inspiration from Japanese and Latin interior design elements. The main dining room is open and organized into distinctive sections, making the space feel intimate and inviting. The high-backed chairs and family-style dining tables give the room a comfortable, homey feel and are a striking contrast with the cool lounge space, which features a modern fireplace with burning amber flames. This warm light echoes throughout the space with golden pendants, stage lighting, metallic chandeliers and reflective backsplashes. Other design elements include gold leather tufted couches, lounge seating made of velvet upholstery with patterned silk cushions, copper tiles, cowhide accents, black marble floors, a sculptural metal cage staircase, eye-catching artwork and spiral horn wall accents, which combined create a sophisticated and sultry ambiance.

Toro Toro is located at 1300 I Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20005, less than one block from the McPherson Square Metro accessible on the Blue Lines, and three blocks from Metro Center Metro accessible on the Red Line. Toro Toro will open for lunch, dinner and late night and then add weekend brunch in the coming months.”


And Washington Business Journal reports:

“Mango Tree, an upscale Thai restaurant from restaurateur Richard Sandoval, will be among the new dining offerings at CityCenterDC, a spokesman for Sandoval confirmed.”

Mango Tree will join Chef Daniel Boulud’s DBGB Kitchen & Bar as the other known restaurant in CityCenterDC.

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  • This picture is yet another reminder of how awkward I find City Center. Pay $1m for a condo next to a parking lot (which will someday be for years a construction zone) in order to live in a “neighborhood” that is anything but neighborhoody, with scarce greenspace nearby? Nothanks. I’ll take my cool million and buy a rowhouse.

    • LOL @ “scarce greenspace”. Don’t ever look at the condo market in Manhattan.

      • justinbc

        Manhattan has possibly the most famous park in the world.

      • new york has a lot of parks.

      • I actually think New York does a pretty good job of creating and preserving greenspace, given how dense and highly developed the city is–even Manhattan. Sure, odds are your condo won’t be right next door to these parks, but Central Park is easily accessible from many condos on the Upper East and Upper West Sides, not to mention Riverside Park for the Westsiders; and further uptown you’ve got Ft. Tryon, Inwood Hill, Riverbank State Park, Highbridge, a paved bike trail that runs along the Hudson up the length of most of Manhattan, not to mention numerous smaller squares, playgrounds and “pocket” parks all over the city. Central Park gets all the hype and is probably the most well-funded by far and impeccably-maintained, but the rest of the parks are perfectly functional.

    • I suspect CityPlace will attract monied transplants and part-time residents who want the convenient location and hassle-free living and can afford to pay for it. Most of them are surely too busy or indifferent to “neighbhoodiness” and they eat out so frequently that not having a nearby grocery store will be no big deal. Compared to an old $800,000 townhouse with flooding basements, leaky roofs, rodents, burglar bars, ofurniture and packages theives, cracked foundations and claustrophobic tiny rooms, a million for a nice new spacious secure condo sounds like a steal.

  • Wish I could be more excited about this. El Centro has gone way downhill.

  • I do love El Centro’s HH and Masa’s all-in brunch, but for the love of all things holy, this city does not need more “creative sharing plates” or “innovative, handcrafted libations.”

    • justinbc

      Interesting that they also offer a rodizio option. So you can choose to eat almost nothing (small plates), or everything (unlimited tableside carved meats) for virtually the same price.

  • Lol. “Expansive beverage program.” Is that what we’re calling it these days? I supposed the mixologist will go the way of the bartender in favour of the Beverage Program Manager.

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