Frozen drinks ring in a new era
Coast-to-coast chain Rosa Mexicano just completed a massive renovation, complete with an overhauled menu, at its 15-year-old location across the street from Capital One Arena.
The Chinatown restaurant (575 Seventh Street NW) is the first of the brand’s nine locations to introduce its new look and a host of dishes that call out various regional styles. New dishes include six “Mexico City street tacos” — such as tequila-marinated, grilled skirt steak or braised pork belly with a plum chipotle sauce — and a ceviche sampler with four varieties. Lunch features lighter options and more tortas, and there’s also now a late-night happy hour starting at 9:30 p.m. to take advantage of postgame and concert traffic.
A new bottomless brunch features a list of unlimited cocktails, beer, and wine for $20 with the purchase of an entree (90-minute limit). That includes the Morning Glory, a frozen lime margarita with Aperol and cava.
The new design includes shimmering lanterns made in Oaxaca, darkened wood flooring, antique mirror backsplashes behind the bar, and a peacock blue paint job.
“Before everything was very pink and tan — it felt a little dated, and little tired, and not authentic,” says marketing director Stephan Hengst, adding, “Mexico today is more about rich colors and bold art.”
Hengst says there should be news to report on a new Mid-Atlantic location in about a month. There’s also another area location in National Harbor.
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YOWZA! WE ARE THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE THE GRAND OPENING OF OUR SISTER BAR @neptuneroomdc IN BRIGHTWOOD PARK! COME CELEBRATE WITH US THIS FRIDAY 2/28! 5405 GEORGIA AVE NW!https://t.co/887acdmpAA pic.twitter.com/crRAf6p49B— Showtime (@Showtime_DC) February 24, 2020
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How’s this for good news on a #Monday morning - #Surfside is finally making its move to #WharfDC! Delicious #tacos, burritos and bowls and more, add to affordable options at the Wharf. The store will be located at District Square on 9th Street next to Chopsmith. #wharflifedc pic.twitter.com/0w9X0rFYlj— WharfLifeDC (@WharfLifeDC) February 24, 2020
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