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Atlanta-Based Gypsy Kitchen Will Soon Add to 14th Street’s Crowded Tapas Scene

The global small plates place is expected to open this spring in the old Masa 14 space

Assorted small plates at Gypsy Kitchen celebrate various cultures and cuisines.
Erik Meadows Photography/Gypsy Kitchen
Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

The first D.C. location of Atlanta-based tapas restaurant Gypsy Kitchen is expected to open in the old Masa 14 space by the spring, rebooting a building that housed one of the city’s busiest rooftop brunches for the past decade.

In a statement released today, the restaurant says it plans to serve “pan-Mediterranean” plates that pull from Greece and Morocco, as well as the Middle East and India. Examples include bissara, a North African split pea dip, with golden beets and aleppo pepper; Greek tarama (fish roe) dip accompanied by purple potatoes and kalamata olives; and spinach and coconut raita topped with basil seeds. Washington Business Journal first reported on the replacement project last summer.

Summer ptitim (Israeli couscous) stew with ramps, snow peas and green curry sauce,
Erik Meadows Photography/Gypsy Kitchen

Alex Curley, the chief operating officer of the restaurant group moving in, is a D.C. native who used to work for Sandoval Hospitality — the company behind Masa 14. He also helped open local locations of Barcelona Wine Bar, the popular Spanish tapas mainstay right across the street.

Not far away on T Street NW, Compass Rose serves a global menu that’s made it a neighborhood favorite for the past five years. Longtime Spanish standby Estadio is blocks away, too.

Masala and green chili Indian chips.
Erik Meadows Photography/Gypsy Kitchen