As El Centro D.F. prepares to dish up tacos, enchiladas and seviches, chef and co-owner Richard Sandoval shared more news about the casual Mexican outpost opening May 5 (hey, that’s Cinco de Mayo!) at 1819 14th St. NW.
Neat fact No. 1: He’s hired a tequila sommelier to explain the restaurant’s 200 different spirits. “People still know little about tequila,” available in 1,300 types, says Sandoval.
Neat fact No. 2: The Logan Circle restaurant will have a tequileria with a DJ booth in the basement, a taqueria on the ground floor and an upstairs roof deck with two bars.
El Centro’s chef, Juan Jose Romero, is coming from Sandoval’s Santa Monica, Calif., property La Sandia, which also has a branch in Tysons Corner.
Sandoval, who just spent a week in Mexico with his partner in El Centro -- Kaz Okochi of downtown’s Kaz Sushi Bistro -- doesn’t think he’s competing with their nearby Latin-Asian small plates restaurant, Masa 14 . “This is the first restaurant of this style” in Sandoval’s extensive global portfolio, close to 30 projects big. (The D.F. stands for Distrito Federal.)
There will be no dress code at the laidback El Centro. Flip-flops and shorts are cool, Sandoval says.