Monday, October 20, 2014

Little Coco's Italian restaurant from El Chucho folks coming to former Rib Pit Lounge at 14th and Randolph



This is awesome. A few months ago, I wrote that the Rib Pit and Rib Pit Lounge at 14th and Randolph were for sale. And now we know the tenant coming to the Lounge space: Little Coco's, an Italian restaurant from Jackie Greenbaum and Gordon Banks, who are behind El Chucho, Bar Charley on 18th Street and Jackie's/Sidecar in Silver Spring.

Talking to the Post, the duo described it as an Italian version of El Chucho, which sounds great to me. It's a small space, about 70 seats total split between inside and outside, and will feature pizza, antipasti and other Italian dishes. Pizzas may include olive-oil poached tuna and artichokes, snails and garlic, and butternut squash with pear and taleggio, a type of Italian cheese. Sounds amazing.

And like El Chucho and their other spots, there will be a good selection of drinks: frozen negronis, shaved ice in warmer months, affordable wine and Italian beer. They're looking at a Spring opening.

I asked Jackie for some more info, and here's what she had to say: 
Yep, will be awesome pizza to start. Entrees and homemade pastas to follow after we get on our feet (another tiny space like Chucho:) the floorplan is very similar to Chucho too with most of the seating on the second floor (part indoor, part outdoor). ETA for opening is spring 
We're really excited about it. Our chef's been working on dough recipes like a madman, coming along really nicely!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I haven't been this excited since Crane & Turtle opened. El Chucho is one of my favorite places in CoHi. Im fairly confident this will spot more retail growth in the area. so much potential.