Tonight brings the much-anticipated opening of Mike Isabella’s second restaurant, the Day of the Dead-themed Bandolero, in Georgetown.
While Bandolero’s site bills it as a "taco-centric, margarita-laden" Mexican restaurant, expect plenty of refined small plates, Isabella’s specialty since his Zaytinya days. The restaurant opens at 4 p.m.; most of the reservations appear to have been snapped up, but the truly patient could always wait out the crowds for a couple seats at the bar.
Bandolero is just one of dozens of major restaurant launches we’ve seen in 2012, so to help you keep up with the latest hot spots and check out Tom Sietsema’s reviews before you go, we’re taking this opportunity to launch our 2012 new and notable restaurants gallery, with photos and highlights from this year’s new restaurants, including Mintwood Place, Sixth Engine, Green Pig Bistro and Society Fair. Check it out above.