I've been eagerly awaiting Little Coco's, the Italian restaurant coming to the old Rib Pit Lounge space at 14th and Randolph from the folks behind El Chucho, Quarry House and Jackie's/Sidebar. It's been in the works since about 2014, but they've had a lot of permitting delays -- not unusual for DC bars and restaurants.
And today, a reader sent me this picture of some work going on. It looks like they're adding a bay window, or maybe a covered patio. Great to see it coming along, I'm excited for it.
The Post wrote about the place earlier, saying it was an Italian version of El Chucho, with about 70 seats total inside and outside. Owner Jackie Greenbaum told me dishes will include pizza, entrees and homemade pastas with a similar floor plan to El Chucho. The pizzas may include interesting combos like olive-oil poached tuna and artichokes, snails and garlic, and butternut squash with pear and taleggio, a type of Italian cheese.
They'll also have frozen negronis, shaved ice, and affordable Italian beer and wine.
I'm excited for it. I'll update when I hear more.
UPDATE: Owner Jackie Greenbaum commented below that they have all their permits, and she told me the next steps are "construction construction construction for the next few months." Good news!!