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French Mediterranean concept, Requin, from Chef Mike Isabella coming to SW Waterfront

by Prince Of Petworth August 20, 2015 at 10:40 am 18 Comments

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From a press release:

“Washington D.C. chef and restaurateur Mike Isabella announces plans to open new restaurants in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia. A second location of Kapnos Kouzina, the homestyle Greek restaurant set to open in Bethesda, Md. this fall, will go into the former Gypsy Soul space at Mosaic District in Merrifield, Va. in early 2016. But first, the space will be used to test his new French Mediterranean concept, Requin, a partnership with fellow Top Chef All-Star Jennifer Carroll. Details for the Requin pop-up, set to open this fall and run through the end of 2015, will be announced at RequinDC.com. The full-service restaurant will open at The Wharf in D.C.’s Southwest Waterfront redevelopment in mid-2017. Another location of Kapnos Taverna, Isabella’s coastal Greek restaurant in Arlington, Va., is slated to open in College Park, Md., in early 2017.

Requin

Occupying The Wharf development’s only freestanding restaurant, Requin, which is French for shark, will be home to a dramatic modern dining room serving a seafood-heavy menu informed by the Mediterranean coast of France. In addition to coastal French cuisine, Requin will feature the largest wine program of any Mike Isabella Concepts restaurant. The fall pop-up in the Mosaic District will be open for dinner only, Tuesday through Saturday, and feature dishes like grilled or a la plancha whole fish, wood-fired shellfish and seafood roasts, dry aged, bone-in ribeye and a classic cheese cart.

When it opens in 2017, the 4,000 square-foot, one-story space will be enclosed with glass walls and highlighted by steel beams and concrete accents that recall the classical stonework of the French Riviera. Requin will be located on The Wharf’s main boardwalk with direct elevator access to the development’s parking garage and feature a patio that will more than double the restaurant’s seating during warm weather months. During patio season, the building’s glass walls will raise, creating a semi-open air environment inside the restaurant.”

  • neighbor

    Wow. This is really turning into Chinatown South. I wonder what the impact on the Verizon center area is going to be?

    • Commentator

      No, it’s going to be more like Inner Harbor. If they’re not going to an event at the Verizon Center, Chinatown is just where tourists might go to eat or see a fight break out on Metro, but The Wharf is intended to be a full-on tourist destination.

  • monkeyrotica

    “When it opens in 2017, the 4,000 square-foot, one-story space will be enclosed with glass walls and highlighted by steel beams and concrete accents that recall the classical stonework of the French Riviera.”

    Sounds deafening.

  • LittleBluePenguin

    Fun Fact: “Requin” is French for “shark” :)

  • Irving Streete

    Please, PoP, just for me, stop referring to “restaurants” as “concepts.” I know all the chefs and marketing teams do, but you’re more real than they are — a man of the streets.
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    “When it opens in 2017, the 4,000 square-foot, one-story space will be enclosed with glass walls and highlighted by steel beams and concrete accents that recall the classical stonework of the French Riviera.”
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    Deafening and evocative how?

    • I don’t think they’ve actually been to the French Riviera. That sounds like absolutely nothing there.

  • Why do people keep giving this guy money?

    • zartan

      probably because his food is good and his restaurants are fun and have good service? dunno, just a thought.

    • ExWalbridgeGuy

      what ventures of his have been financial failures?

      • monkeyrotica

        Bandolero.

        • palisades

          That had a deathwish being in Georgetown :)

  • rob

    ‘concept’

  • HappyCyclist

    When oh when will some of the transport infra there be done?

    • Mike M.

      SW Waterfront station is a short walk.

      • kate

        So is L’Enfant Plaza station.

  • I Dont Get It

    I don’t think that car is supposed to be there. Drunk?

    • Patrick Division

      He just drove in from Maryland and that’s where Siri told him to park.

  • France

    Steel and concrete is not a flattering substitute for French stonework. old world architecture and it’s aesthetics.

    Mr Isabella and co should come visit the rest of southern France sometime to see what it is really like, not that Hollywood fantasy you call the Riviera.

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