Extra shrimp print are rising about Greek celeb chef Argiro Barbarigou’s plans for her first U.S. restaurant, which is able to land within the West Cessation alongside with an in-home bakery whipping up typical truffles from her native country.
Barbarigou is scheduled to debut the recent 5,000-sq.-foot venue at 1118 twenty 1/three Street NW later this 300 and sixty five days. She has partnered with Alex Alevras, the Greek restaurateur within the encourage of the fast-informal GRK New Greek chain across Contemporary York Metropolis and D.C.
Dubbed the “First Girl of Greek Cuisine” encourage home, Barbarigou owns the wildly well-liked Papadakis restaurant, which started on the Aegean island of Paros, the set up she was as soon as born, and is now location the foothills of Mt. Lycabettus in Athens. She comes from a line of Greek restaurateurs that goes encourage to her grandparents.
All of the bread, pastries, and confections served at her recent D.C. restaurant will likely be made on-build from an adjoining bakery and sweets shop total with its have entrance and patio. A mountainous uncovered oven — an iconic feature of Grecian homes and kitchen — can procure a starring impartial within the institution, which is able to additionally feature a purchase-up counter.
“I need D.C. to style the same ingredient we style — the meals of my home,” Barbarigou says.
Many of the sq. footage will likely be dedicated to the magnificent-dining restaurant, which is able to fit a hundred to one hundred twenty americans internal and as a lot as eighty on its patio going during the encourage of the Ritz-Carlton. Whereas Central Park has ritzy seafood set up Estiatorio Milos and San Francisco has Kokkari, D.C. has been lacking a most modern, excessive-cease Greek destination till now.
Town will possess that void with Barbarigou’s mission. Chef Nicholas Stefanelli’s imminent Greek restaurant, Philotimo, will add one other into the combine next 300 and sixty five days.
Barbarigou, a cookbook author and TV personality, hopes to manufacture a “very comfy” atmosphere celebrating Greece’s hospitable custom internal her recent stateside enterprise. To manufacture a vibe modeled after the comforts of home, she engaged OOAK Architects — a Sweden-basically based studio within the encourage of mountainous in model residential projects and concrete villages across the globe.
A largely blue-and-white color diagram mimics the look of picturesque towns dotting coastal Greece.
“The ambiance of the home goes to advise our islands, water, seas, and skies,” Alevras says.
The team isn’t disclosing the restaurant’s name or releasing renderings yet.
Barbarigou’s history in D.C involves consulting on the menu for Alfa Piehouse (1750 H Street NW) to boot to cooking for Congress and President Bill Clinton.
“It’s a city I admire very powerful. I procure quite just a few mates there,” she says, counting Daniel Boulud as in fact one of her shut culinary contacts.
She’s within the period in-between on an international exhibition tour and making several appearances encourage home as an envoy for South Aegean European Field of Gastronomy.