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Chef Mike Isabella Opening 2 New Spots, Kapnos at the Park and Catchfly Kitchen, at Nationals Park

by Prince Of Petworth March 30, 2016 at 11:30 am 10 Comments


From a press release:

“Washington, D.C. chef and restaurateur Mike Isabella is opening two new eateries at Nationals Park, home of the Washington Nationals, in Southeast Washington, D.C. this season. Kapnos at the Park will be a spin-off of his popular brand of Greek restaurants serving unique gyro sandwiches, while Catchfly Kitchen offers Nats fans Southern-style fried chicken and St. Louis-style ribs. The two concepts will be located side-by-side on the Gallery Level, behind Section 301. Isabella already operates a location of G at Nationals Park, his popular Italian sandwich shop, on the Main Concourse behind Section 136.

“Our location of G at Nationals Park has been such a blast that we jumped at the chance to open up new concepts at the ballpark,” said Chef Mike Isabella. “And it’s not just an opportunity to sell more food; the Nationals organization and their fans have a special relationship that translates to a lively and engaging game-day experience that we are proud to be a part of.”

Kapnos at the Park

The menu at the newest addition to the Kapnos family will include Isabella’s take on Greek gyros. Pita will be stuffed with marinated lamb, chili-roasted steak, falafel and crispy Greek fried chicken. Hummus and tzatziki will be available as side orders, along with fried potatoes dusted with Aleppo pepper and served with Greek island sauce.

Isabella opened the original Kapnos on 14th Street NW in July 2013. Kapnos serves an authentic take on inland Greek cuisine highlighted by daily whole animal spit roasts. The original Kapnos was followed by a more seafood-centric take on the concept, Kapnos Taverna, in Arlington, Va, and Kapnos Kouzina, a spin-off focused on home-style Greek classics and hearty family-style plates, in Bethesda, Md.

Catchfly Kitchen

Catchfly Kitchen, a brand-new concept by Isabella, looks to the South for inspiration on a menu led by fried chicken sandwiches and St. Louis-style barbecue ribs. Catchfly is named for a flower that is found throughout the South, with a nod toward one of the most common plays in baseball. Additional menu items include popcorn chicken, fried pickles and banana pudding.

Liquid offerings are a big part of both Kapnos at the Park and Catchfly Kitchen, with each serving a signature cocktail on tap. At Kapnos at the Park, Mike Isabella Concepts beverage director Taha Ismail is leading off with one of his heavy hitters, the watermelon lemonade cocktail that’s been a staple on 14th Street since the original Kapnos opened. At Catchfly Kitchen the team is going tried and true, serving draft mint juleps as a classic quaff for long summer days.

Kapnos at the Park and Catchfly Kitchen will open at Nationals Park for the Nationals’ exhibition game against the Minnesota Twins on April 2, and remain open throughout the season.”

  • Eric

    Must be nice to be Mike Isabella

  • MtP

    I’m excited for these because I always like new choices at the ballpark, especially if its local. That being said, the G stand there went WAY downhill after the first year. It was amazing (just as good as the actual shop) the first year, but was much worse last year.

    • Philippe Lecheval

      It always seemed like they must’ve been making the sandwiches offsite, so they’d end up being pretty dry after sitting under those heat lamps for hours. And the sandwiches they sold at the ballpark were, in my opinion, a little too big for one person, but a little too small to split with someone else.

    • madmonk28

      Yeah, the sandwiches are only okay, but the one thing they have going for them is how quick you get served. I don’t know what it is at Nats Park, but it takes forever to get something and get back to the game.

  • Chris

    I’d be happy if i could find just a decent hot dog in the park….and i’d rather not wait for 3 innings in line at shake shack.

    • Philippe Lecheval

      Hard Times had excellent hot dogs. Not anymore.

      • madmonk28

        Are all the Hard Times stands closing in the Park, or just the big one by center field? There was a Hard Time kiosk near my seats that was my go to spot for nachos.

        • JMo

          No more Hard Times in the Park (I work for them). Complain to Nats management and hopefully we’ll be back in 2017!

    • madmonk28

      There is a new Haute Dog stand coming to the park (section 302ish) also, Ben’s has good dogs.

  • palisades

    All these people wasting their money on ballpark food and I just walk through the gates with whatever I want.

    Reminder that you’re allowed to bring in any food you want!


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