Executive Chef from Mio opening a new Restaurant Downtown – Sobremesa

by Prince Of Petworth June 17, 2016 at 3:00 pm 3 Comments

Mio at 1110 Vermont Avenue, NW closed in 2015

From a press release:

“Chef Giovanna Huyke is thrilled to announce the launch of a fundraising process for a new restaurant project in Washington, DC.

Chef Huyke wants to change the way people eat. She is on a mission to feed people better:

 Better food.  Better flavors.  More diversity of dishes.  Better freshness.  Better health.  Better fresh.

It should not be about the price, and it’s not going to be more expensive.  In fact, it’s going to be more affordable than anything comparable. Eating well was never something that cost a lot of money.  Eating well was never something that should be exclusive.  Eating well is something that should be basic, and should be part of the fabric of how we live day-to-day.
Welcome to Sobremesa, this “untranslatable” concept which basically means: 

The “space” that a meal creates to allow the magic of the relationship experience between individuals

Chef Giovanna Huyke was raised in Puerto Rico, but is a woman of the world and has been cooking for 30+ years.   The plan is to take over an existing restaurant space, with immaculate equipment and fully furnished, and which was previously owned and operated by another woman chef-owner for more than 10 years. The space is located in a vibrant, thriving, walking area of downtown Washington, DC.  The space is small enough to represent my heart and the soul of the food: warm, energetic and cozy. Expected open is 4th quarter of 2016.

  • Mr. Magoo

    Well, “sobremesa” is actually quite translatable, it means “dessert” in Portuguese. But it sounds like it would be a nice place to visit.

    • fka Shawess

      Funny, I had the same thought and was going to make a joke about how the restaurant team apparently can’t use Google. Then it occurred to me that I should probably Google it myself before making the joke, and this was the top hit: http://www.mnn.com/food/healthy-eating/blogs/sobremesa-an-untranslatable-spanish-delight I have no experience of “sobremesa” in the Spanish context, but maybe it has a different, untranslatable meaning in Spain?

  • Eric

    “Sobremesa” is a term used in Mexico and Spain (and perhaps other Latin American countries as well) and translates to the time spent socializing at the table AFTER the meal is over. In these countries you’re not brought the check unless you request it and it’s very common to linger for thirty minutes, an hour, or longer after the meal is over (over drinks and coffee). Accordingly, one expects that this type of behavior will be welcome at the restaurant. If not, then everyone should be encouraged to point out this hypocrisy.


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