The prime Georgetown real estate once home to seafood-centric Hook has been shuttered since a fire this summer. Now, owner Jonathan Umbel is teaming up with chef Mike Isabella to open Bandolero in early 2012.
Isabella, Graffiato chef/owner and two-time alum of Bravo's Top Chef, is planning to do modern Mexican small plates, including tacos, ceviches, fajitas and guacamole, as well as margaritas and mezcal cocktails.
“My vision for Bandolero is a high-energy, high-volume restaurant to match the bustling vibe of the Georgetown neighborhood and feed the late-night appetite of its college students," said Isabella in a release. The chef cites his time with acclaimed chef Jose Garces as a big influence on the new spot.
In addition to small plates, Isabella is also planning a spin on fajitas, filled with duck, goat and lesser-known cuts meat.
And like its older sibling Graffiato, Bandolero will also pour Prosecco on tap.
Bandolero will be open for lunch and dinner daily with a late-night menu of tacos.
3241 M St. NW
ETA: early 2012