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Posted at 05:09 PM ET, 06/20/2012

Jose Andres’s Minibar gets new, (slightly) larger digs, replacing Zola Wine & Kitchen


Jose Andres’s restaurant-within-a-restaurant is moving to a new, slightly expanded space near its original Eighth Street location. (Jason Varney)
Whither Minibar, now that its companion, the pop-up restaurant America Eats Tavern, goes dark on the Fourth of July?

Chef-owner Jose Andres says he’s relocating his acclaimed, six-stool celebration of avant-garde cooking on the second-floor of 405 Eighth St. NW to the space recently vacated by Zola Wine & Kitchen at Ninth and E streets NW. 

It’s a score for both Minibar and its legions of fans (or wanna-be customers). The move offers the cooks a dedicated kitchen, which will translate into enhanced production, and more than doubles the number of seats, according to Andres. The current Minibar features a small counter; the future restaurant has three tables, with room for 16.

As usual, the Minibar crew will spend part of the summer on the road, doing research in Denmark and Spain, says Andres. Reservations for the transplanted restaurant will be taken starting Sept. 1 for seatings in October.

There are no immediate plans to do anything with the original Minibar/AET location, housed in a three-story building owned by the Spanish chef and his business partners. But Andres has always maintained the space will end up hosting his dream version of Minibar.

“Good things,” he says, “you can’t rush into them.”

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