by Tim Regan December 21, 2015 at 1:45 pm 2 Comments

Malbec Dupont

(Updated at 2 p.m. Tuesday) Diners will soon have a new destination to eat South American food in Dupont.

Divino Grill (1633 17th St. NW), which closed for renovations earlier this month, will reopen as Malbec, a restaurant specializing in Argentinian beef, tapas and wine, said owner Nelson Ayala.

The eatery, which Ayala said could have a soft opening as early as next week, will serve Argentinian beef, dishes in tapas-sized portions, pastries and Argentinian ice cream. Ayala added that he’s expecting a large shipment of South American wines to compliment the menu

“There will be something for everybody,” Ayala said.

When the restaurant opens, South American art will hang on the walls, and diners will sit at sleek black tables inside a newly renovated dining area.

by Tim Regan December 8, 2015 at 3:50 pm 0

A Mexican restaurant in Dupont is “closed for renovation,” but it’s unclear when it will reopen.

Divino Grill (1623 17th St. NW) is currently closed, according to several signs posted on the door of the restaurant. The signs say the eatery was due to reopen “the first week of December,” but stacked chairs, loose boards, tables and decorations can still be seen scattered throughout the interior of the restaurant.

It was immediately unclear when — or if — the restaurant might reopen. We left a message with Divino Grill owner Felix Nelson Araya, but he has not yet returned our call.

The restaurant previously filed an application to host live drag shows last month, but the application was rescinded last week.


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