Restaurant owner Mike Isabella wants to do "something new," such as a Biggie-vs-Tupac dinner party.
The Graffiato chef will serve only as a business partner in this Japanese and Korean concept.
The future restaurant will open with more seats than its 14th Street NW sibling.
The celebrity chef has broken off ties with the modern Mexican restaurant whose owners have been in a legal fight with the landlord for more than a year.
"I am still involved with Bandolero, but the terms of my contract have changed to allow me more time and flexibility to focus on Graffiato and my new restaurant projects," Isabella says.