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Mike Isabella continues D.C. restaurant domination plans with Isabella Eatery


PHOTO: Rendering of the exterior of Isabella Eatery courtesy of Mike Isabella Concepts

Beloved Washington, D.C. chef and restaurateur -- and perhaps the most successful Top Chef contestant ever (Season Six) with 7 opened restaurants with 3 new restaurants already on the books to open -- Mike Isabella today announced his 11th business venture: Isabella Eatery.

Bringing to D.C. an unprecedented restaurant project at Tysons Galleria in the summer of 2017, for those familiar with NYC’s divine Eataly and The Plaza’s Todd English Food Hall, Isabella Eatery will follow these concepts by offering 10 distinct eateries including a cocktail bar, as well as a gourmet coffee shop and a classic ice cream parlor, under one umbrella “restaurant.”

PHOTO: Rendering of Non-fiction Coffee at Isabella Eatery courtesy of Mike Isabella Concepts

Occupying 41,000-square-foot of the third floor at Tysons Galleria, “This is by far the biggest project we’ve ever taken on,” Mike Isabella stated. “But I think we are uniquely positioned to succeed here. All our great Mike Isabella Concepts chefs are on board and bringing their individual perspectives and flavors to Isabella Eatery. Each of our other openings and events have paved the way for this.”

PHOTO: Rendering of Octagon Bar at Isabella Eatery courtesy of Mike Isabella Concepts

Isabella Eatery will be open daily from 9am to 10pm, and Non-Fiction Coffee will begin serving cups of joe at 6am. 600 total seats. Here’s a quick rundown of the emporiums’ 10 concepts:

  • Arroz – The first Spanish concept from MIC will showcase a menu of tapas, paella and cured meats.

  • Octagon Bar – Located near the center of the dining area, Octagon Bar will overhang the Mall’s lower level and serve an extensive list of prohibition-style classic cocktails.

  • Pepita – A sister to the original cantina in Arlington, Va., Pepita will serve Mexican dishes like tacos, nachos and quesadillas. The full-service bar will also offer a small Mexican beer selection, classic and frozen margaritas.

  • Requin Raw Bar – The emporium’s raw bar will serve a variety of oysters, seafood cocktails and crab cakes along with a selection of Champagnes and white wines. Caviar and cured fish will also be available for retail purchase.

  • Yona – A sister to the original location in Arlington, Va., this Japanese/Korean noodle bar will focus on quick and easy meals, with a menu highlighted by ramen, poke and donburri rice bowls.

  • Graffiato – Isabella’s flagship Italian restaurant comes to Tysons Galleria with a selection of Graffiato favorites, along with a new list of paninis and a thick-crust style of pizza that is a cross between traditional Sicilian and focaccia pizza.

  • Kapnos Marketa – This marketplace will offer house-made Greek staples and spit-roasted meat for take-home dining only. Greek spreads and specialty items like taramasalata, melitzanosalata, dolmades, salads and phyllo pies will be wrapped and available to-go, along with lamb, pork and chicken sold by the pound.

  • Non-Fiction Coffee – The first coffee shop from MIC will feature beans from artisan roasters in a casual, lounge-like environment. Non-Fiction will also serve sandwiches, soups, salads, pastries and fresh juices.

  • Retro Creamery – This creamery will be a modern take on ice cream parlors and soda shops of the 1950s. Think egg creams, floats and ice cream available by the scoop in brightly lit display cases. Ice cream will also be sold in pre-packed cartons.

  • Trim – This upscale, full-service enclosed restaurant will feature a menu of Mediterranean small plates and grill favorites. Since this space will function like a traditional restaurant in an enclosed dining space, guests will not have access to the full Isabella Eatery menu. Trim will also be available for private events.

PHOTO: Rendering of Graffiato at Isabella Eatery courtesy of Mike Isabella Concepts and below Mike Isabella

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