Italian restaurant Odeon Cafe (1714 Connecticut Ave. NW) is changing its name and its menu.
Odeon’s general manager, Ben Triano, says the restaurant will become Madrid, a Spanish eatery with tapas, paella and a sangria bar, after the Labor Day holiday.
Last night, the eatery unveiled a portion of its new menu during a tasting party. The menu — which Triano stresses is just a taste of things to come — included fried calamari and paprika aioli, puff pastries stuffed with pepper marmalade and chorizo and a smattering of Spanish wines.
Triano says that the restaurant will be closed during the second week of September to train staffers, switch up the menu and finalize the interior renovations.
“We’re going to close for one week and reveal the final touch-ups,” Triano says. “We’re very excited.”