Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Update on Little Coco's, the Italian spot from El Chucho folks: looking at fall opening

A few months ago, we heard about the plans for Little Coco's, an Italian restaurant from the folks behind El Chucho on 11th Street, plus Jackie's, Sidecar Sidebar and the Quarry House in Silver Spring. It's planned for the old Rib Pit Lounge spot at 14th and Randolph, and I am pretty excited, as El Chucho is awesome.

They were originally hoping for a spring opening, but timelines for restaurants in DC are often nebulous due to permits, plans and such, but things are moving. I just talked to Jackie Greenbaum, the co-owner, and here's what she had to say:
Well our plans are before the permit board for about a month now. Our architect tells us plan approval can take anywhere from one to 5 months, so we're just waiting. Construction will take a couple of months, so we're looking at an opening date in the fall--early or late fall, depending. That's pretty much it!
They described the place previously as an Italian version of El Chucho, with antipasti, pizza, homemade pasta and other Italian entrees, plus frozen drinks like negronis, shaved ice in warmer months, and affordable drinks like wine and Italian beer. Some potential pizza flavors included oolive-oil poached tuna and artichokes, snails and garlic, and butternut squash with pear and taleggio, a type of Italian cheese.

There will be about 70 seats split between inside and outside.

I'm excited!


Anonymous said...

It's "Sidebar" - some of the best cocktails in the region.

Anonymous said...

Please thank them for choosing 14th St. They'll do a killing. Such untapped potential here. Can't wait to check it out!

Anonymous said...

Phew! Happy to hear that its just permit delays. Seriously cannot wait until this place opens up in our neighborhood - and they will have a lot of business with all of the new condos within 3 blocks.

Anonymous said...

DCRA is a broken agency. The fact that permitting can take up to five months is ridiculous. How are people who want to invest in our community supposed to shoulder the burden of paying on a lease during the time while they "just wait" on DCRA to review their permit applications. This waiting costs a huge amount of money.

zachary said...

I'll be there opening night! can't wait