The Latest Dish
Mi Cocina plans to open in the spring of 2013 in The Collection at Chevy Chase where M Café was. It is part of M Crowd Restaurant Group, based in Irving, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. Mi Cocina offers classic Tex-Mex food, with hearty margaritas and their signature Mambo Taxi. There are 20 Mi Cocina restaurants currently open in Texas and Oklahoma, with one slated to open in Atlanta by the end of the year.
Teatro on K Street, NW (formerly Teatro Goldoni) has undergone a metamorphosis and will re-open as LooK, featuring small plates from all over the world — even some Teatro favorites. Décor is Icelandic-inspired with interactive bar and stair lighting, 20-foot suspended TV that can be viewed from either sides of the restaurant, making it two-way.
AJ Prakash, who has been in the Mexican restaurant business for 28 years, working with Tex-Mex too, plans to open his own modern, slightly upscale Mexican restaurant with a Mayan inspired menu. The 280-seat restaurant will be located in the Tysons area. There will also be seating for approximately 60 on the outdoor patio. No name yet. Stay tuned.
The Raven Grill owner Merid Admassu is teaming up with Kevin Perone and Cafe Saint Ex’s Jessica Kleinmann to open a tavern called Lyman’s at 3720 14th St., NW. Plans call for a 20-seat heated patio with a retractable roof, a latticed privacy fence, and an indoor-outdoor counter. Should be open soon.
Quick Hits: Fabio Trabocchi plans to open a second restaurant, Fiola Mare, with an emphasis on seafood, at Washington Harbour in 2013. The space is next door to Nick’s Riverside Grille. It’s about 10,000 square feet with a great patio overlooking the park and Kennedy Center. The Firelake Grill is slated to open at 4200 Wisconsin Ave., NW, where Ruby Tuesday’s was. Casey’s Coffee will open at 355 E St, SW, this month. Lime Fresh Mexican Grill will open on 7th Street, NW in Penn Quarter where Potbelly Sandwich Works used to be. A mid-2013 date is targeted. Taylor Gourmet will open its fifth locations when it opens at 6th & E Streets, NW in Penn Quarter where Meatballs used to be. Pho 14 will replace Pizza Hut on Columbia Road, NW in Adams Morgan. They plan to open in early November.
Opening Updates: Farmers Fishers Bakers at Washington Harbor will now open on Nov. 7. They were also victims of the flooding a year and a half ago. Latest intel straight from Soupergirl: her expanded Silver Spring operation should be open late November/early December. Matchbox 14th Street by end of November (fingers crossed). Ted’s Bulletin 14th Street and matchbox Merrifield by end of 1Q 2013. Smash Burger’s second store, in Dupont Circle, by February 2013.