Posts Tagged ‘Bandolero’

The Mike Isabella Restaurant Opening Timeline

Another day, another restaurant from Mike Isabella. The chef's latest destination is Richmond, Va., where he plans to open a second Graffiato this spring. To help you keep track of Isabella's rapid-fire expansion, here's a timeline of his restaurant projects over the last two and a half years: June 20, 2011: Graffiato opens in Chinatown May 24, […]

Is Restaurant Week a Rip-Off? We Did the Math.

Savvy diners have long realized that Restaurant Week isn't a particularly stellar deal. Considering that booze, tax, and tip are not included in the fixed dinner price of $35.14, a night out during Restaurant Week doesn't differ much from a night out any other week in D.C., except you often have to order from a […]

Bandolero Owners’ Son Charged With Felony Assault of Fellow Employee

Cody Umbel, the son of and an employee of Bandolero owners Jonathan and Bethany Umbel, has been charged with felony assault for allegedly punching one of the restaurant's food runners in the face. The incident allegedly took place at Bandolero around 2 a.m. on Oct. 6. According to a police affidavit and an interview with Y&H, […]

Defensive Tackle: The Messiest Restaurant Dispute in Georgetown Keeps Getting Messier

Last Thursday, lawyers for Bandolero and Tackle Box, their Georgetown landlord, and a neighboring property owner sat down for a mandatory mediation meeting in an attempt to reach a compromise over clashes that go back nearly two years. At stake: the restaurants’ ability to sell alcohol, which is critical to their survival. The landlord, 2441 […]

Mike Isabella Pulls Out of Bandolero

Mike Isabella ended his business relationship with Georgetown Mexican restaurant Bandolero this morning. "Everything has been dissolved," he says. He says the decision was his. The chef of Graffiato, Kapnos, and G sandwich shop says he wanted to focus more time on his new restaurants. Isabella was never a partner in Bandolero, but rather had a […]

Is Mike Isabella Distancing Himself From Bandolero?

Chef Mike Isabella appears to be trying to distance himself from Bandolero, the poorly reviewed Georgetown Mexican restaurant he helped open that's been the subject of extensive litigation with its landlord. The websites for Isabella's restaurants Graffiato, G, Kapnos, and just-announced G GrabandGo in New Jersey reference each other but make no mention of Bandolero. […]

Cocktail Guess: “Make Me Something Bitter”

Where: Bandolero, 3241 M St. NW Bartender Response: “We have a few drinks, but we’re out of the Bitter Handshake.” What We Got: An El Capo made with Fidencio mezcal, Campari, Carpano Antica vermouth, and two dashes of Laphroaig scotch. Price: $14 How It Tasted: Mildly bitter with an undeniably smoky and peaty aftertaste. Improv […]

Landlord Wants to Evict Tackle Box and Bandolero

The landlord of Tackle Box and Bandolero is trying to give both Georgetown restaurants the boot in a messy legal battle that has dragged on for nearly a year. 2441 Bond St. Equities LLC, which owns the adjoining properties of 3241 and 3245 M streets NW, filed a series of lawsuits against restaurateur Jonathan Umbel and […]

Mex Perplexed

Seems like there are a million new Mexican-ish restaurants, and each one calls its version of the cuisine something different. To keep them all straight (and to introduce you to some new terms), we've put together this handy guide. Tex-Mex Texas-style Mexican means Texas-sized portions, typically slathered in cheese with refried beans and flour tortillas. […]

Sauce-O-Meter: How the Week’s Food Happenings Measure Up

Graphic by Brooke Hatfield

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