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A Proven Taco Shop Is Expanding to Mount Pleasant to Replace Los Compadres

Ann Cashion is bringing Taqueria Nacional to her neighborhood

A squash blossom taco from Taqueria Nacional
A squash blossom taco from Taqueria Nacional
Greg Powers For The Washington Post via Getty Images

Nacional growth

Taqueria Nacional, a 12-year-old brand with a home base just off 14th Street NW, is putting a second location inside the tiny Mount Pleasant space that housed recently closed Taqueria Los Compadres. James Beard award-winning chef Ann Cashion and business parter John Fulchino have filed for a liquor license at 3213 Mount Pleasant NW, and Washington City Paper reports the pair hopes to start serving Nacional’s menu of tacos, quesadillas, and tostadas by mid-October. Cashion, who founded Austin Grill and Cashion’s Eat Place — now Johnny’s Half Shell in Adams Morgan — first opened Nacional behind the original Johnny’s, in Capitol Hill, in 2007. Per the alt-weekly, she’s a longtime Mount Pleasant resident. [WCP]

Dive vibes by Union Market

Gina Chersevani, the “mixtress” who runs Union Market soda fountain and bagel emporium Buffalo & Bergen, is reportedly weeks away from opening her version of a dive barright by the food hall in Northeast. Washingtonian reports that the Last Call (1301-A Fourth Street NE) will serve $7 cocktails — including a cold Irish coffee — and beers for $3 and $4. Bar snacks will include French onion dip, muffulettas, and Cuban sandwiches. [W]

Gilded outdoor seating

Punjab Grill, the ridiculously opulent Indian restaurant in Penn Quarter, is opening a patio today with what look to be golden chairs. According to an Instagram post, a new happy hour menu (2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.) includes masala truffle butter popcorn, lime and chile-spiced tandoori wings, and a jackfruit “naanwich.”