Publicity firm The Aba Agency, which does some work with Marriott hotels, Tweeted this today: "José Andrés will be opening a new restaurant called "America Eats Tavern" in The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner this fall." Could the pop-up restaurant that was housed for a year in the former Cafe Atlantico space be returning? It sounds like it. From a Ritz-Carlton memo forwarded to Eater:
It gives me great pleasure to announce that José Andrés will be opening a new restaurant called "America Eats Tavern" in The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner in the space formerly occupied by Entyse Bistro, Michel and Maestro. America Eats Tavern will serve Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner - and will offer Jose's twist on American classics - with special emphasis on local and Virginia farms, wineries and resources. Jose...is thrilled to be able to continue his focus on both traditional and innovative dishes, using local ingredients.
This is a new and exciting chapter for this unique experience. I always said I would find a home for America Eats. Tysons Corner is the best location for America Eats Tavern to continue telling the story of this country's culinary legacy, history, and culture. Northern Virginia is the perfect place to pay homage to American heritage and be inspired by the amazing farms, wineries and resources of the area," says Jose? Andre?s. "We are excited to be a part of the evolution of Tysons and see it become a dynamic urban center for Washington."
America Eats Tavern was originally created in conjunction with the National Archives' "What's Cooking, Uncle Sam?" exhibit. It featured American dishes from times past, given an Andrés spin.
The chef tells Carman the restaurant's concept will be tweaked slightly to appeal more to suburban diners. This means less of a history lesson with dinner, and more of a neighborhood restaurant feel. Celano Design Studio will design the restaurant, which will open in November if all goes as planned.
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