by Borderstan.com June 18, 2013 at 8:00 am 2 Comments

From David McAuley. Email him at david[AT]borderstan.com.

"Taqueria Nacional"

Taqueria Nacional at 1409 T Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

At its regular monthly meeting Wednesday, June 12, Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2B/Dupont endorsed the request of Taqueria Nacional restaurant (1409 T Street NW) for outdoor seating. Tacqueria Nacional opened its doors on May 15.

ANC 2B approved a resolution supporting the public space application with a proviso saying the outdoor seating have shorter hours of operation than the indoor portion of the restaurant.

The public space can operate from 10 am until 11 pm Monday to Thursday, and midnight Friday and Saturday. Taqueria Nacional has an fountain in its outdoor area.

Elwin Ferris, Secretary of the Shaw Dupont Citizens Alliance told the ANC the restaurant should remember to drain the fountain every evening at the close of business. The neighborhood has a rat problem, Ferris said, and an open fountain would give the vermin population an addition place to find water.

Restaurant management said they currently drain the fountain every night and intend to continue doing so. Drunk passersby using the fountain as a urinal was a concern, the management said.

A neighbor testified the fountain is drained nightly and covered.

The ANC voted to include a clause in its resolution noting with approval this practice, in the hopes it will continue.

The public space use application now goes to the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) for final approval.

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by Borderstan.com May 16, 2013 at 8:00 am 6 Comments

"Taqueria Nacional"

Taqueria Nacional at 1409 T Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

Another opening in the neighborhood as John Fulchino and Ann Cashion’s latest spot, Taqueria Nacional, opened its doors yesterday by greeting us with delicious tacos.

"Taqueria Nacional"

John Fulchino of Taqueria Nacional. (Luis Gomez Photos)

After a year of renovations the old Post Office building has become Taqueria Nacional. The 2,600 square-foot, fast-casual restaurant serves up a variety of tacos (think beef, fish chicken, chorizo and lamb) made with organic ingredients. Fulchino also has added a variety of quesadillas and salads to the 14th Street menu, as well as margaritas, beer and agua frescas.

Taqueria Nacional will be open for breakfast starting at 7 am and lunch at 11 am. It will be offering “El Desayuno” served Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to noon. Check their menu here.

Fulchino created a space inspired by traditional Mexican and Cuban colors and designs with nice tiling and beautiful decor.

“I want to make the environment people are eating in feel like an old home in Mexico,” said Fulchino.

The new location will seat approximately 45 inside and 15 to 20 seats on the outdoor patio.

"Taqueria Nacional"

Taqueria Nacional at 1409 T Street NW.

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by Borderstan.com December 6, 2012 at 9:00 am 1,721 0

"Taqueria"

Taqueria Nacional is coming to 14th and T Streets NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

John Fulchino and Ann Cashion are spicing up the neighborhood by bringing their North Capitol Street taqueria to 14th and T.

The 2,600 sq-ft fast-casual restaurant, Taqueria Nacional, will serve-up a variety of tacos (think beef tacos, fish tacos, chicken tacos, chorizo tacos and lamb tacos) made with organic ingredients. Fulchino also plans on adding a variety of quesadillas and salads to the 14th Street menu, as well as margaritas, beer and agua frescas.

The ambiance of the new restaurant is important to Fulchino. His goal is to create a space inspired by traditional Mexican and Cuban colors and designs.

“I want to make the environment people are eating in feel like an old home in Mexico,” said Fulchino.

The 14th and T location will have approximately 45 seats inside and 15 to 20 seats on the outdoor patio, making the second location much more accommodating to lingering taco fanatics than the 500 square-foot take-out taqueria at 400 North Capitol Street.

According to Fulchino, the plan for Taqueria Nacional has been in the works for years. Fulchino attempted to get a space in the neighborhood in 2003, but the deal fell through. In 2006, he found a small take-out space (the current location of Taqueria Nacional) next to his restaurant, Johnny’s Half Shell. Even though it was not the optimal amount of space for his ultimate plans, Fulchino took the space and started up his take-out business.

A couple of years ago, Fulchino started negotiations on the Post Office building. He began construction on Taqueria Nacional last year and hopes to open the taqueria by the end of January 2013.

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