by Tim Regan August 27, 2015 at 3:40 pm 0

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A vegan restaurant by the owner of Sticky Fingers bakery is set to debut its wood-fired margarita stromboli, chocolate-espresso torta, and mushroom and spinach spanikopita next month on 14th Street NW.

HillNow, a Borderstan sibling publication, reported this afternoon that forthcoming eatery Fare Well will pop up at G by Mike Isabella (2201 14th St. NW) for dinners on Sept. 21 and 22.

The restaurant is expected to open on the H Street corridor later this year.

The pop-up’s dinner menu has a dozen items, including small plates, mains and sweets. In addition to the stromboli, torta and spanikopita, the food includes cashew and almond burrata, roasted pepper and tofu frittata strata, and berry shortcake, among other dishes.

Fare Well also will have complimentary bread and infused olive oil for customers who attend the pop-up dinners.

Locals interested in the meals can make reservations by calling G at 202-234-5015. Seating begins at 6 p.m.

Photo via Instagram/Fare Well

by Borderstan.com June 25, 2013 at 9:00 am 0

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Kapnos and G: Isabella’s new restaurants at 2201 14th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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.

Isabella’s restaurants on 14th Street will occupy 7,000 square feet at 2201, which is the 14th W Jefferson, at 14th and W Streets.

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The interior of Kapnos. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Kapnos

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.

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G Sandwich Shop. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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.

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by Borderstan.com February 1, 2013 at 2:00 pm 0

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

Mike Isabella Coming to 14th and W Streets. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Mike Isabella Coming to 14th and W Streets. (Luis Gomez Photos)

The soon-to-be Borderstan chef and restaurant owner, Mike Isabellea, is holding an event next week at his 6th Street NW restaurant, Graffiato.

On Monday, February 4 local District chefs will take over Isabella’s Graffiato kitchen to co-host February Industry Takeover Night. The group of chefs — including Scott Drewno from The Source, Erik Bruner-Yang and Colin Sugalski from Toki Underground and Spike Mendelsohn from Good Stuff Eatery — will serve complimentary snacks from the pizza bar, as well as drink specials from 10 pm to 1 am.

For more information on Monday’s event, and on future Industry Takeover Nights, visit the Graffiato website.

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by Borderstan.com January 23, 2013 at 8:00 am 1 Comment

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

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Mike Isabella is coming to 14th and W Streets. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Mike Isabella, of Graffiato and Bandolero, is bringing his tasty Top Chef-renowned eats to  14th and W Streets NW with his new Greek restaurant, Kapnos, and a more casual sandwich shop, G.

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:

Kapnos

  • 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.

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by Borderstan.com September 13, 2012 at 12:00 pm 2,462 7 Comments

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Food and development combine to change  the 14th Street corridor. Next up: Italian.(Luis Gomez Photos)

From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos at One Photograph A Day. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos.

The Italians are coming. Among the many restaurants due to open on 14th Street NW, at least eight of them have an Italian-based cuisine and two of them will bring Mediterranean flavor to the area. A mid-afternoon stroll along 14th from south of Rhode Island Avenue north to Florida Avenue shows not only how the corridor is changing, but also how many of these new restaurants are preparing their spaces.

The 14th Street corridor has become a hub of fine dining and it’s about to become a lot more Italianno.

Here a list of where we hope to be eating in the coming months. Many of them are still under construction and with no official name or opening date.

One Italian restaurant already on the strip is Posto at 1515 14th Street NW. The Mediterranean flavor will be brought to the corridor by Barcelona Wine at 1622 14th Street and Kapnos by Mike Isabella at 2201 14th Street.

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by Borderstan.com March 7, 2012 at 10:00 am 1,426 0

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Borderstan.com covers DC’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

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.

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