City Desk

Olney Not Just for Bagels and Mussels Anymore

Opening a restaurant isn't cheap, particularly in the District where rents and expectations are ridiculously high. Peruvian chef Javier Angeles-Beron, the former executive toque at Latin Concepts, has found one way around the problem: He's opening his new restaurant, Aroma, in Olney. You read right: Olney, as in way the hell out there on Georgia Avenue.

Now Olney is not exactly a culinary wasteland. The village formerly known as Mechanicsville (good call on the name change there, folks) already hosts one of my favorite bagelries and an under-appreciated Belgian joint, Mannequin Pis (with the comically incontinent cherub). Angeles-Beron's Latin-American place, scheduled to open Nov. 25, is located just up Georgia Avenue in the former Bella Notte space.

Angeles-Beron forwarded me an early menu, and it's stuffed with a number of promising options, including ceviches, tapas, and even the occasional chifa dish, such as the Peruvian wontons stuffed with fresh cheese and served with avocado cream. It looks like we have one more reason to jump into the Global Warming Machine and head to Olney.

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  • Balraj Bhasin

    Hope the Chef knows that there is an Aroma restaurant in DC and they have another Aroma in Shrlinton, Arlington Va.

  • James C

    Olney is much better than your craphole traffic ridden city. All of the D.C. jerks keep moving in and around our town and trying to transform it into the next bethesda. Our houses cost more than those in the city because of the people whom have made the town what it is today. Aroma is now closed, basically cause the food sucked. I guess you maybe got paid to put a b.s. article up. You have no reason to ever come here again, so stay away you weak man.