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TICO Opening in June on 14th Street, NW just south of U Street

by Prince Of Petworth May 11, 2014 at 10:22 pm 15 Comments

1926 14th Street, NW

We suspected they were getting close…

A peek in the window also reveals that it looks like they kept the original external wall or did a great recreation:


From a press release:

TICO restaurant, owned and operated by award-winning chef Michael Schlow, is set to open in the Louis Development at 1926 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC in June 2014. Schlow, considered to be one of the leading culinary professionals in the United States, opened the first TICO, named one of Esquire’s “Best New Restaurants in America” in Boston in 2011; this marks his first DC-based venture.

An American restaurant influenced by Schlow’s travels to Spain, Mexico and Latin America, TICO will offer various ceviches, tacos, small plates, a la plancha dishes, and family style entrées. Chef George Rodrigues, executive chef at TICO Boston, has relocated to DC and will helm the kitchen in Washington. Elkus Manfredi Architects has collaborated with Bethesda-based StreetSense to design the 164-seat space and will feature artwork from Schlow’s wife, Adrienne.

Schlow, whose father was from DC, spent a large part of his youth in the area and later spent time working with local legend Jean-Louis Palladin. With the opening of TICO, Schlow is thrilled to be “coming home” and putting down roots in the area once again. Although it took several years and many scouting trips for Schlow to identify the ideal spot, finding the right location has been well worth the wait, as he hopes to build a long-term presence in the area. “We are very excited to be a part of the thriving Washington food scene and the vibrant 14th Street community,” Schlow says. “We’ve been humbled by the warm welcome we’ve received from the neighborhood and restaurant community at large.”

The beverage program, overseen by director of operations Steve Uhr, formerly of Le Diplomate and Mike Isabella’s restaurants, will feature wines chosen from Spain, South America, and the United States. TICO will boast an extensive list of rare tequilas and mescals with more than 125 selections from which to choose. The beer program will include a variety of Latin beers as well as an exclusive collaboration with DC Brau, in which their Citizen beer has been aged for two months in old Anejo barrels from Avión Tequila. The restaurant’s cocktail program will be a big focus and feature primarily small batch, handcrafted spirits.

TICO will first debut dinner service in late spring, and shortly thereafter begin weekend brunch. Guests can also look forward to regular special events in the semi-private dining room including collaborative chef dinners and mescal pairing menus.”

Looking north towards U Street

  • Anonymous

    Good luck. There’s a lot of competition in that area.

    • Anonymous

      People are literally lining up to pay exorbitant prices for mediocre, small portions of food in many restaurants along 14th Street, simply because they heard the area is “hot.” So while I hope this place ends up being really good, it won’t really need to be good at all to succeed in this area. For restauranteurs, DC is like shooting fish in a barrel.

      • Anonymous

        O rly? Like which mediocre overpriced restaurant?

        • Anonymous

          I heard Subway was on the up and up.

        • Anonymous

          Take your pick! Then again, the people lining up for these places probably think that the food is good just because it costs a lot, so I don’t blame you for not noticing.

  • Anonymous

    Imagine that……..a small plate restaurant on 14th Street! Who would have thunk it?!?!?!

    • Loganite

      You beat me to it. May the trend come to a death soon! I try to actively avoid restaurants that deal in small plates in hopes it will help kill them faster, but there are just too many young “trendy” 20-something people who figured out they could live in DC for the same price as Arlington.

      • Anonymous

        im ok with plates being smaller as long as they are priced accordingly. Honestly dont be a hater if the market is keeping these places open then there is nothing wrong with them. Sorry but thats capatalism

        • Rich

          There are markets for all kinds of useless, ridiculous things, so what’s you’re point? Does that negate opinions that this is a tiresome fad? As for this place, it’s small plates and tacos…who knew you could combine two really tedious neighborhood trends. And I’m willing to bet that regardless, it will be overpriced for what it is!

          • textdoc

            +1 to most of this. (I don’t see tacos as a “tedious neighborhood trend.”)
            And when have small plates ever been priced accordingly??

          • Duponter

            Who knew? Jaleo. They’ve been doing it for years and it is always still very busy for some reason. I’d rather go to Haydee’s and get something authentic that I don’t have to share with anyone.

  • Anonymous

    Well at least it’s not another contemporary American place.

  • 17thSter

    Can we call 14th street “Tapas Row” now?

    • Anonymous

      Real estate agent/con artist: “OMG, I have an ahhhhhhhmaaaaazing condo right off LoTapRow that you MUST see.”
      (LoTapRow = Logan Circle Tapas Row)

      • Anonymous

        NOrth of TApas ROw is what’s hot right now.


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