Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Mike Isabella's new Greek restaurant Kapnos opening at 14th and W on July 5

the 14W building Celebrity chef Mike Isabella, who competed in Top Chef and runs the very popular Graffiato in Chinatown and used to be executive chef at Zaytinya,  is coming to our area. Eater reports that his new Greek-influenced restaurant Kapnos is opening soon at 14th and W.

The place is already pretty far along, I passed by this weekend and saw some people milling outside, so maybe they were doing a soft opening.

The website says it's already open, but a press release and Eater says it will be July 5. The press release adds that it's going to be northern Greek cuisine with spit-roasted whole animals and mezze share plates of various kinds. Goat and octopus are in the mix too. You can even get the whole animal brought to your table and carved for you. The menu is here, but without prices -- I venture that it won't be cheap.

There are 160 seats in the spot, which is located in the 14W building.

Drinks-wise, there will be three lemonade cocktails on draft, including one with grilled lemons, plus lots of wine: 150 bottles and 25 by the glass, many from Greece. There will also be house-made bitters and sodas for cocktails, many from regional ingredients, and some of the cocktails will come in jugs for the table. Sounds interesting -- I must admit I'm not super familiar with Greek cocktails.

The space looks pretty nice from their website and the Eater article. I'm definitely looking forward to it. It seems our area is getting to be more of a destination for fancy restaurants -- first Chez Billy, now Kapnos.

(And when I first saw it, I thought it said Kaponos, as in NBA player Jason Kapono was opening a restaurant. That would be pretty weird.)

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