Petworthians can avail themselves of newly minted restaurateur Anna Bran-Leis’ vision of a homey Mexican establishment tonight when Taqueria del Barrio officially debuts. The fully renovated restaurant features exposed brick walls emblazoned with religious imagery and a bar wrapped in Mexican tiles.
The menu is stocked with tacos ($3 a pop), tortas ($9) and main dishes (chile relleno, anyone?), while the bar has created a beverage program split between house cocktails ($11) and signature drinks ($12-$14), including an eponymous margarita composed of El Silencio mezcal, caramelized pineapple, and house-made habanero turmeric syrup. Status: opening for dinner at 4 p.m.; dinner service extends from Tuesday through Sunday, with lunch available on Saturday and Sunday. 821 Upshur Street NW; website.
Restaurateur Erik Bruner-Yang is celebrating his six-year anniversary of dishing out ramen in the District Sunday, April 2, with a brunch counter at his Shopkeepers gallery (1231 Florida Avenue NE). “I will serve only 80 bowls, one style, working the counter solo. Kids eat free. $12 per bowl,” is how Bruner-Yang described the special event. The anniversary meal is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. and will continue, per Bruner-Yang, “until we sell out.”