Posts Tagged ‘Diego’

Diego’s Transformation? It’s in the Guacamole

The first time I visited Diego—before the owners shut it down to reboot because they weren't happy with the food or service—the guacamole pretty much summed up the experience: a sad grayish lump of questionable freshness surrounded by greasy wonton-like triangles. So it was a nice surprise to see a guacamole mixing station, with a […]

Second Time’s A Charm? Diego Tex-Mex Restaurant Reopens

After closing two weeks into its summer opening, 14th Street NW Tex-Mex restaurant Diego reopened last night with a new chef and new menu. Co-owner Michael Askarinam previously told Y&H that he wasn't happy with the initial food and service, so he decided it would be best to shut down while he searched for a new chef. Now leading […]

To Perfect and Serve: For Some New Restaurants, It’s Never Too Early to Shut Down and Start Over

The day before Azur closed for good, the downstairs din-ing room and bar was, unsurprisingly, empty. Over the course of a two-hour Thursday happy hour, maybe a dozen people strolled into the Penn Quarter seafood restaurant. The bar had run out of grapefruit juice. The calamari—which on a previous visit came dressed in a nuoc […]

What’s Going on With Diego on 14th Street NW?

Tex-Mex restaurant Diego was open only two weeks before it closed at the beginning of August. At the time, co-owner Michael Askarinam told Y&H he wasn't satisfied with the food and service, so he temporarily shut down the restaurant until he could find a new chef. A month and a half later, the restaurant is […]

Diego Tex-Mex Restaurant Closes (For Now) After Two Weeks

Tex-Mex restaurant Diego had only been open on the corner of 14th and V streets NW for a little over two weeks, but already it's closed—at least temporarily. "We were not happy with the service and the food, honestly, and we decided to shut it off," says co-owner Michael Askarinam. "We were doing very good business, […]

Diego Tex-Mex Restaurant Opens Today on 14th Street NW

Dupont Italian Kitchen owners and brothers Tony and Michael Askarinam are forgoing tortellini for tacos at their new Tex-Mex restaurant Diego, which opens today at the corner of the 14th and V streets NW. The food might taste a little familiar. The chefs are alums of Guapo’s and Lauriol Plaza. The plan is to stick […]

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