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Estadio, Proof Owner Bringing Southeast Asian Cuisine to 14th Street

by Borderstan.com — February 13, 2012 at 10:00 am 0

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Restaurateur Mark Kuller will have a new spot on 14th Street in the residential-retail project under construction between Swann and S Streets NW.(Luis Gomez Photos)

From Alejandra Owens. You can find her at her food blog, One Bite At A Time. Alejandra also writes for City Eats DC, a Food Network site, where you can book dinner reservations. Email her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @frijolita.

The 14th Street corridor just keeps on growing. As it grows up, up and up, smart entrepreneurs and restauranteurs like Mark Kuller snatch it up for their own ventures.

You probably don’t know much about Kuller. You might have heard of his chef/partner in food crime, Haidar Karoum. But  you’ve definitely heard of his master of libations, Adam Bernbach. I’ve never met Kuller myself, but I’ve dined and drank at his restaurants many times — Estadio and Proof — and they are probably among my top 5 favorite places in DC.

Last week we heard news that Kuller, Karoum and Bernbach will be opening another spot on 14th Street NW, this time a restaurant with Southeast Asian-inspired cuisine. We can expect a 40-seat “curated cocktail bar” and a bevy of soups, noodle and skewer dishes sometime in late fall or early winter. The location of the restaurant will occupy the first-floor space of the District Condos project (although the project is now “boutique” with rental units instead of condos) on the 1800 block of 14th Street between S and Swann Streets NW.

“Chef Karoum and I, and the rest of our team, are grateful for the fervor with which our Logan Circle neighbors  have embraced Estadio and are excited to launch our second restaurant on 14 th Street,” Kuller told me via email. “Chef and I share a love for the cuisine of mainland Southeast Asia and we hope to create a unique neighborhood restaurant which showcases, on an affordable and accessible basis, the diverse styles and flavors of this region.”

When opening Estadio, Kuller and team has a keen interest in getting Spanish style, or at least inspired, food right, I have faith that Kuller and his team won’t disappoint with this new venture.

Now. What do I have to do to sell Kuller on opening a legit Mexican food joint? (And we all know how I feel about Mexican food in DC.)

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