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Kapnos Greek Restaurant from Chef Mike Isabella Applies for Liquor License at 14th and W St, NW

by Prince Of Petworth January 7, 2013 at 10:22 pm 15 Comments

14th and W St, NW

Back in March 2012 we confirmed some scuttlebutt that a Greek restaurant from Chef Mike Isabella (chef/owner of Graffiato and Bandalero) was coming to the new development at 14th and W St, NW:

Chef Isabella will draw inspiration from Northern Greece to create a menu of spreads, breads, phyllo pies, vegetables and other small plates, including his signature wood-grilled octopus. Dinner will culminate with the choice of carvings from whole animals that have been spit-roasted all day, including lamb, goat, duck, chicken, and suckling pig.

Two wood-fire grills with five rotating spits each and a small wood oven for flat breads will service the 150-seat restaurant. A marble chef’s table situated in front of the spits will offer up to 10 guests an the opportunity to pre-order a whole spit-roasted animal for their party. Kapnos will be open for dinner seven nights a week and weekend brunch. The wine list will offer an extensive selection from Greece and other European countries.

Chef Isabella has named George Pagonis chef de cuisine and his brother, Nicholas Pagonis general manager. Nicholas is currently a manager at Graffiato and George formerly worked under Chef Isabella as a sous chef at Zaytinya. The brothers are first generation Greek American. Taha Ismail, who currently oversees the cocktail program at Graffiato, will also serve as head mixologist for Kapnos.

Glad to see the project is moving forward. The liquor license application says:

“New restaurant serving American and Greek style cuisine. Seating capacity is 205, total occupancy load is 253. Sidewalk Café with seating for 32.”

Updates as construction progresses.

  • GreenThumb

    What’s the timeline for opening? It seems the building is tracking behind schedule.

    • Mt_P

      I so agree! I can’t wait for W St. not to be blocked almost every day at rush hour as well. It’s a busy commuter route and there are very few alternatives.

  • Hope this place doesn’t have the “buzz” vibe “vibe” of Bandolero, since I enjoy eating grilled octopus and not screaming at it.

  • Bullwinkle

    This is all very nice but what’s happening to the rehab across the street at 14th and V, on the corner near Martha’s Table? Now that’s taking a long time.

  • gloomingdale

    Do you think he had a do not compete on greek restaurants?

  • Anonymous

    Please be more like Graffiato, less like Bandalero.

  • Also a Sweet Green here, can’t wait for the block to be done!

  • Speaking of this location, I got an ad in the mail yesterday for the new YMCA that’s opening here. They’ll have over 100 pieces of cardio & weightlifting machines, 6 lane indoor pool, big rockclimbing wall, over 100 classes per week, and an outdoor sun terrace for sun bathing, morning yoga, and sunset spin courses. Sounds pretty cool!

    They are also doing a special introductory rate if you sign up now prior to the opening in a few months. This also includes a membership at the Rhode Island YMCA for the next two months while you wait for the 14th Street location to open up. Not a bad option if you live in the neighborhood and definitely want to attend this gym.

    • Anonymous

      +1 – I signed up last week

      • How much is the membership fee? I’m seriously considering getting a membership – cardio, weights, swimming, and yoga down the block from my apartment? Yes, please.

        • I think it was around $75/month with a $75 joining fee. I may be off by a few dollars. I can’t seem to find my notes from when I spoke to one of their guys over the phone.

  • I keep seeing “krapnos”!

  • mr. isabella: why don’t you work on improving your other restaurants before opening another one? mediocre at best. :-/


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