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Pop-Up Calle Cinco Brings Rosé Sangria and Churros to Mt. Vernon Triangle

The Conosci replacement opens September 13

Assorted tapas at Calle Cinco.
Photo by Spiro Pappadopoulos

The first pop-up eatery restaurateur Michael Schlow plans to test out in the hidden space formerly occupied by culinary lab Conosci is ready to transport local diners to Spain one small plate at a time.

Snack happy Calle Cinco debuts Wednesday, September 13 in Mt. Vernon Triangle, delivering a few dozen mini meals that customers are more likely to have encountered in the past than the adventurous crudo dishes and experimental offerings put forth by its currently homeless predecessor.

The menu features a half-dozen meats and cheeses; over 20 tapas plates ($6 to $13 apiece) including daily croquetas, spicy potatoes, anchovies with black olives, and grilled chicken wings seasoned with paprika; a handful of desserts ($7 to $8) including sugar-dusted churros, vanilla-citrus custard, and gin and tonic-flavored sorbet; a few cocktails including a rosé-fueled sangria as well as dueling gin and tonics (think: saffron-spiked, botanical); 10 wines by the glass ($8 to $11); five beers ($6 to $7) including two Spanish imports, a wit from local producer Port City Brewing Company, plus a seasonal offering from the Shiner family of beverages that benefits ongoing Hurricane Harvey relief efforts; two sherries ($8 to $11); and one vermouth ($7).

Horchata-flavored ice cream with a side of dulce de leche at Calle Cinco.
Photo by Spiro Pappadopoulos

The projected hours of operation are from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and 4 p.m. to midnight, Friday and Saturday.

Status: Opening at 4 p.m. 465 K Street NW; website.

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