Photo by Rey Lopez
Update: The opening has been pushed to next week. Fingers crossed!
From a press release:
“Best known for bringing Tex-Mex to the nation’s capital, Guapos debuts its newest location at the Georgetown Waterfront on
Monday, August 20th. The sleek and stylish restaurant, designed by renowned Georgetown architect and interior designer Ernesto Santalla, PLLC, captures the best of the US – Mexico border, two seemingly disparate yet surprisingly compatible cuisines, into a concept that includes both authentic dishes and inspired new favorites.
“Tex-Mex food is a regional cuisine filled with stories and has always been the perfect bridge between two cultures,” said Jorge Figueredo, Director of Operations of Guapos Restaurants, who spearheads this Georgetown project. “Washingtonians are passionate about food and this concept is definitely bringing something different and more groundbreaking than our other locations. We want to bring a concept where guests experience real Tex-Mex with a hint of Latin America, and this means a great variety of food and superb service.”
At the helm of the kitchen will be Executive Chef Nathan Breedlove, who will design a menu filled with traditional Tex-Mex dishes, along with redefined classics and unique items inspired by both cultures. Chef Breedlove is no stranger to Mexican cuisine and has ample experience in weaving cooking cultures together in kitchens such as ThinkFoodGroup’s award-winning restaurants Oyamel and Zaytinya, as well as Stephen Starr’s renowned French bistro, Le Diplomat. (more…)
3710 14th Street, NW
Taqueria Habanero not sitting by quietly while Mezcalero expands. The Taqueria Habanero vs Mezcalero wars rage on. Thanks to Elle for sending the photo above announcing a new location coming to 8147 Baltimore Ave in College Park. For those not familiar with Taqueria Habanero, I pity you. Also:
“Here, we strive to provide you with the exact ingredients used from the streets of Puebla, Mexico. (more…)
900 16th Street, NW
From a press release:
“Mirabelle, the 130-seat restaurant at located at 900 16th Street, NW, steps from the White House, announced an entirely new culinary team in late July. The restaurant unveiled a tempting new menu for its re-opening on August 7, for lunch and dinner service. General Manager and Beverage Director Jennifer Knowles returns to Mirabelle bringing with her a distinguished team, including recently appointed Executive Chef Keith Bombaugh, formally the chef de cuisine at Boston’s Meritage. Mirabelle’s reopening menu is designed to emulate the shared memories of Bombaugh and Knowles’ experiences growing up on the South Shore of Boston, their strong connection to the Mid-Atlantic and experiences beyond the region. Mirabelle will feature a pastry trolley that showcases various large-format traditional French pastries created by newly appointed Pastry Chef Zoe Ezrailson and her pastry team. (more…)
14th and Spring Road, NW
Curious to know if anyone in the PoPville community knows any updates on Carolina Restaurant at 14th and Spring Road NW. It’s been vacant for quite some time, but there seems to be construction activity (see photos attached). As an upper 14th Street resident, we’d love to hear some more good news about businesses coming into this area!”
Demo first began back in 2015! Anyone know what’s coming?
1823 L Street, NW
Pisco Y Nazca Gastro Bar is coming to the former Mackey’s space on L Street.
Their website for a Florida location says:
“Pisco y Nazca Ceviche Gastrobar adds a modern twist to traditional Peruvian cuisine. Inspired by Peru’s top ceviche eateries, this new Miami restaurant serves up bold-flavored dishes, unique cocktails and a vast selection of local and international beers.”
Check out their menu too.
Stay tuned for an exact opening date.
11th and Fairmont Street, NW
In late July we posted about the new Pho Viet opening at 11th and Fairmont St, NW. It wasn’t clear if they were the same owners as on 14th (and the coming Bun DC opening August 25th) but Will updates us:
“I did ask them and it is the same owners. They confirmed that and told me they opened two weeks ago. It’s a small restaurant with two tables, some window seats and I believe one working in the kitchen. Had it the other day was really good.”
“We went to the new Pho Viet over on 11th for dinner. According to the young couple running it, it seems they are not actually of the same family as the other Pho Viet, Bun DC, etc.
My husband and I shared the shrimp spring rolls and each had the spicy lemongrass beef pho. (more…)
Alley entrance to Maydan at 1346 Florida Ave, NW
Thanks to Emma for passing on from Bon Appetit yesterday:
“it takes only one meal–and a couple hours staring longingly at the huge hearth and all the charred meats and puffy bread coming off it–to realize why it was so worth it.”
Read the full story here.
Back in April Maydan was also selected “#1 on Food & Wine Magazine’s top 10 restaurants of the year”. So it will indeed be very tough to get a table – but worth it when you do!
2420 18th Street, NW
Zenebech with the official announcement!!
“We are officially re-opening on Friday August, 24th at 5pm. We hope to see you for dinner!!!”
Zenebech has been closed since December when a fire gutted next door neighbor #1 Juicy-Cajun Seafood, damaging Zenebech. Zenebech Injera had only recently reopened, after moving from Shaw, in August 2017. Let’s give them a big welcome back next Friday!
1054 31st Street, NW
Ed. Note: This is the former Sea Catch space that closed after 30 years back in January 2017.
From a press release:
“Good Apple Hospitality is thrilled to announce that it will soon open Dyllan’s Raw Bar Grill, a new restaurant concept featuring regional American cuisine with a modern raw bar, fresh seafood and seasonal fare. Nestled in Canal Square along the historic C&O Canal in Georgetown, Dyllan’s Raw Bar Grill will celebrate the rich history of the location and region, while offering something refreshing and exciting for diners. (more…)