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Five Things to Know About Mike Isabella's Kapnos Kouzina, Opening March 7

Get ready for moussaka.

Kapnos Kouzina
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Kapnos Kouzina, another offshoot to Mike Isabella's Greek restaurant Kapnos, is slated to open in Bethesda in late winter. Now that there's an updated opening date, here's what to know about the project:

*March 7 is now the target opening date for the restaurant located at 4900 Hampden Lane.

*The 5,200 square foot space will seat 160; Natalie Park Design Studio and Eimer Design are responsible for it.

*How it's different from the other Kapnos projects: Isabella is trying to go for more of a laid-back vibe with this restaurant, and serve items one might find at a Sunday dinner in a Greek home. That means a mix of big, sharable plates for 2-4 people and mezze items.

*Menu items to look for: a fried half-chicken brined in preserved lemons, moussaka, charred octopus with lentils, and a $15 express lunch with items like gyros and sides.

*There's a big wine list, but no draft beer. Cocktails will be familiar to Kapnos fans, as there will be a mix of favorites from the two existing restaurants. Coffee drinks are also a focus.

Several other Mike Isabella concepts are in the works for Washington, including Kapnos spin-offs in such neighborhoods as Merrifield and College Park, as well as aten-restaurant mega project in Tysons Corner.

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