The latest in a steady stream of New York-to-DC expansions, Boqueria has announced that it's bringing its Barcelona-inspired tapas to Dupont Circle come this fall. This will be the third location for the restaurant and the first outside of New York, where it has both Flatiron and Soho spots — and, per a press release, it "will replicate the same look, feel and flavor as its counterparts." Why DC? Owner Yann de Rochefort is a Georgetown grad whose first job after college was at a consulting firm just down the block from the forthcoming Boqueria.
As in New York, the menu will be under the direction of Spanish native Marc Vidal and will include classic tapas dishes and raciones like beef and potato croquettes and marinated lamb skewers. There's also going to be a tapas bar at the entrance to the restaurant where you can watch a chef prep charcuterie and cheese plates. There's no exact date yet, but they will have outdoor seating!
The press release:
In fall 2011, owner Yann de Rochefort will open Boqueria at 1837 M Street, NW, introducing its regional Spanish cuisine to Washington, D.C. Named for Barcelona’s renowned food market, El Mercado de la Boqueria, the namesake restaurant will feature a seasonal ingredient-driven menu of tapas and raciones (larger composed dishes), under the direction of Barcelona native, chef Marc Vidal.
“We are pleased to bring Boqueria’s regional Spanish cuisine to a city that has meant so much to me and my family,” says owner Yann de Rochefort. Mr. de Rochefort’s grandfather taught at Georgetown and American University, and Mr. de Rochefort is a Georgetown alum whose first job after college was on 19th Street, between L and M Streets. “Washington, D.C. is an exciting and bustling food town and we are honored to join the ranks of the city’s operators and restaurants.”
Boqueria Washington, D.C. will replicate the same look, feel and flavor as its counterparts in New York City’s Flatiron and Soho neighborhoods. The restaurant is designed as a contemporary vision of Barcelona’s famed tapas bars, with a stone bar, tiled and wood-clad walls, and counter height seating. Boqueria Washington, D.C. will offer classic tapas such as Bombas de la Barceloneta (beef and potato croquettes with garlic allioli), Pintxos Morunos (seared marinated lamb skewers with salsa verde) and Txipirones a la Plancha (seared baby squid with frisée, romesco vinaigrette, tomato confit and crispy scallions), as well as Cocas (grilled flatbreads) and a Market Menu of daily specials featuring seasonal and specialty ingredients.
Boqueria Washington, D.C. will be located on the corner of M Street and 19th Street, two blocks south of Dupont Circle, in a 120-seat location with 30 additional seats for outdoor dining. The entrance of Boqueria Washington, D.C. will feature a large “tapas bar” with a chef preparing montados (toasted bread with various seasonal toppings) salads, and plates of Spanish cured meats and cheeses.
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