Posts Tagged ‘Cafe Atlantico’

Frederik De Pue Opening a Restaurant in Former Café Atlántico Building

Think Food Group has sold the Penn Quarter building that housed Café Atlántico, Minibar, and America Eats Tavern to chef Frederik De Pue and his investors, who plan to open a new restaurant in the space by the end of the year. The Belgian native worked in some top European restaurants before moving to D.C. […]

Bar Sprawl

Todd Thrasher pulls a lighter out of his pocket and holdsthe flame to a slice of grapefruit rind. There’s a tiny poof of black smoke as he rubs aromatic oils around the rim of a glass, using the rind to stir the orange drink with Aperol, gin, Macchu Pisco, and five drops of salt water. […]

José Andrés Will Keep Slinging Pricey PB&Js, Crummy ‘Catsups’ Until July 2012

The supposedly temporary America Eats Tavern isn't shutting its doors any time soon. While the National Archives exhibit that inspired the pop-up eatery will finish up in January, restaurateur José Andrés tells WaPo critic Tom Sietsema that he intends to keep the makeshift house of watery "catsups" and $8 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches open […]

Minibar Is Back On Sept. 1! (And, Yes, You’re Too Late To Book A Seat)

Minibar, ranked No. 1 on City Paper's list of "D.C.'s 44 Most Powerful Restaurants" (because "booking a reservation is harder than rescheduling a flight during a hurricane"), resumes service beginning Thursday, Sept. 1. Chef José Andrés' six-seat avant-garde "restaurant within a restaurant" has been on hiatus since July as the eatery that once housed it, […]

Jaleo Chef Paul Yeck Takes Over at José Andrés’ America Eats Tavern

The Feast reports that Paul Yeck, head chef at Jaleo in Bethesda, will replace the recently departed Richard Brandenburg as head chef at José Andrés' hugely hyped pop-up restaurant America Eats Tavern. (Read Young & Hungry's review of the temporary restaurant here.) According to the report, Yeck,  a three-year veteran of Andrés' Think Food Group, […]

We’re History! Chef Richard Brandenburg Quits America Eats Tavern

Less than three weeks after opening, America Eats Tavern is losing its chef. No, not José Andrés. We're talking about Richard Brandenburg, the former head chef at Cafe Atlantico who stayed on to help Andrés conceive the historically themed America Eats pop-up concept, which Y&H reviewed last week. WaPo critic Tom Sietsema reports that Brandenburg […]

Cooking the Books: Choking Down History At José Andrés’ America Eats Tavern

In the rarified world of restaurant criticism, it was once customary to wait a few months after a restaurant’s opening before reviewing the place—long enough to let staffers work out the kinks that critics will inevitably savage. By most rights, a heralded chef like José Andrés would be offered such a courtesy even today, in […]

Fruits of Labor: José Andrés Is Bringing Back Paw-Paws

Celebrated chef José Andrés appeared on NPR's "Talk of the Nation" Wednesday (read the transcript here)  to plug his new pop-up restaurant, America Eats Tavern, located in the former Cafe Atlantico space in Penn Quarter. Proceeds from the pop-up benefit the National Archives and its exhibit, "What's Cooking, Uncle Sam?" In the interview, Andrés discusses […]

Future of Minibar, Cafe Atlantico ‘Uncertain’

Does anyone at Think Food Group have a clear idea of what the future will hold for Minibar (closed until July 12), Cafe Atlantico (closed indefinitely) and America Eats Tavern (temporarily open)? Not exactly. After getting conflicting reports from chef José Andrés and his business partner, Rob Wilder, as well as other TFG charges, Y&H […]

Hard to Grill: José Andrés Does His Best Steven Seagal Impression

Brochures advertising José Andrés' new pop-up restaurant, America Eats Tavern, which opened on July 4 in the former Café Atlántico space in Penn Quarter, are emblazoned with a very slick-looking mug shot of the celebrated Spanish chef (blown-up above). With that chiseled chin and melting stare, the dude kind of looks like the action film […]