It’s no secret the Borderstan area is home to some of the most popular restaurants in the city.
During last night’s RAMMY Awards, put on annually by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, six Borderstan-area restaurants took home awards:
- George Pagonis, Kapnos, Rising Culinary Star of the Year
- Bar Pilar, Favorite Gathering Place
- Le Diplomate, Upscale Casual Brunch
- Mintwood Place, Upscale Casual Restaurant
- DGS Delicatessen, Everyday Casual Restaurant
- Iron Gate, Wine Program of the Year
Four of the night’s awards — Favorite Gathering Place, Upscale Casual Brunch, Everyday Casual Brunch and Favorite Fast Bites — were decided by the voting public.
For Bar Pilar co-owner Jonathan Fain, winning an award voted on by the public made the evening feel a little sweeter.
“It’s a big honor,” he says. “It’s nice to feel loved by the entire neighborhood.”
“This one is especially important because two years ago, we went through some really hard times and bounced back from it,” adds Fain. “We’re really excited to still be open.”
The night’s other big winners included Del Campo‘s chef Victor Albisu, who won Chef of the Year, and José Andrés and Rob Wilder, who shared a Restaurateur of the Year award for their collaboration on ThinkFoodGroup.
It has been more than a year since we heard of Chef Isabella opening Kapnos and G on 14th Street NW.
Isabella’s restaurant Kapnos will open July 5, the time is getting closer and as you walk by the two locations at 14th and W Streets NW; the final touches seem to be added.
The Greek-themed restaurant, Kapnos, will include five roasting spits and feature Northern Greek food with have a menu of spreads, breads, phyllo pies, vegetables and other small plates, including his signature wood-grilled octopus as Isabella let us know last year.
The bar menu will include Greek wines on tap and a number of by the glass offerings. The restaurant decor modern with brown leathers and an industrial feeling.
G Sandwich Shop
Next to Kapnos is G, the Italian Sandwich Shop concept shop that Isabella hopes to turn into a chain. It will serve sandwiches and it will be open for lunch. Jessica Voelker of Washingtonian has the details of what you will find there.
Together, the two eateries will occupy 7,000 square feet at 2201 14th Street NW; Kapnos will seat 160 people, while the smaller G will seat 40. Don’t let G fool you, though — come nighttime it will offer patrons a four-course tasting menu.
Borderstan recently caught up with the press company preparing for the opening of both restaurants to find out some details on the two new ventures. Here’s what one can expect:
- The food: For the menu, Isabella will draw inspiration from Northern Greece to create a variety of spreads, breads, phyllo pies, vegetables and other small plates, including his signature wood-grilled octopus. Dinner will include whole roasted animals, such as lamb, goat, chicken and suckling pig.
- The drinks: Graffiato and Bandolero beverage director Taha Ismail will oversee the Kapnos beverage program. A globally sourced wine list will include an extensive selection from Greece.
- The cooking: Isabella will have two woodfire grills with five rotating spits each and a small wood oven for flat breads. According to the press company, a chef’s table will offer up to 10 guests the opportunity to pre-order a whole spit-roasted animal for the party
- Other details: Kapnos will be open for dinner seven nights a week and weekend brunch. The restaurant will also have a 45-seat outdoor patio.
G Sandwich Shop
- The food: The small-space sandwich shop will serve traditional Italian sandwiches, soups and salads for lunch six days a week. According to the press company, chicken parmesan, veal cutlet, sausage with peppers and meatballs are some of the sandwich fillers Isabella plans to serve by day.
- The tasting menu: At night, G will offer a four-course tasting menu for $40, including a pre-set menu of antipasti, pasta, choice of meat or fish and dessert. The menu will be more traditional Italian than Isabella’s Italian-inspired restaurant, Graffiato.
Both restaurants are in the early stages of construction and there is no set month for opening as of yet.
By Michelle Lancaster. You can follow her and let her know your news on Twitter @MichLancaster. Email her at michellel[AT]@borderstan.com.
The Top Chef star is still packing them into Graffiato, his Italian place by the Verizon Center. But not content to rest on his laurels, he is now expanding his empire to the 14th Street corridor at 2201 14th Street NW.
His new Greek-themed restaurant, Kapnos, will include five roasting spits and feature Northern Greek food (Isabella was previously at Zaytinya, where the new head chef was also previously employed). The eatery will be a sister to Graffiato, serving sandwiches by day and a $40 tasting menu by night, appropriately named G.
Eater DC has the full release and map of location.