WASHINGTON, Feb. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Officials from Hoffman-Madison Waterfront (HMW), the developer of The Wharf, a $2 billion, mile-long neighborhood located on DC's Southwest waterfront, today announced Chef Roberto Santibañez's Mi Vida coming to The Wharf in Phase 1.
KNEAD Hospitality + Design is creating this new restaurant concept for The Wharf in partnership with Chef Roberto Santibañez, owner of the acclaimed Fonda restaurants in New York City. "Mi Vida," which translates to "my life," is also a term of endearment used to refer to a loved one. The 9,500-square-foot restaurant will be located at the water's edge directly on Wharf Street adjacent to The Anthem, The Wharf's new 6,000-person capacity music venue.
"We're thrilled to have partnered with Roberto to bring his inspired cooking to Washington, D.C.," said KNEAD HD co-principals Jason Berry and Michael Reginbogin. "The Wharf was the ideal place for us to bring Mi Vida to life in a vibrant and dramatic setting surrounded by some of the city's most prominent chefs and operators."
Santibañez, who will create the menu for Mi Vida in his role as Culinary Director, is a native of Mexico City and one of the most respected authorities on Mexican cuisine in the US. Mi Vida will raise the bar for Mexican cuisine in Washington, DC and will offer a menu inspired by street food and traditional Mexican home cooking but in a modern, elevated presentation. He plans to serve his take on Mexico City's famous rotisseries and will feature chicken, beef and pork in unique preparations. Santibañez also sits on the board of advisors of the Latin Cuisines Council of the Culinary Institute of America and frequently teaches classes on Mexican cuisine in both the US and Mexico.
"We are delighted to welcome Mi Vida to The Wharf - especially with the inspired cuisine of its noted chef Roberto Santibañez, who is well known for creating refined Mexican Cuisine with broad popular appeal. With Knead Hospitality + Design's distinctive touch, Mi Vida will be yet one more unique and vibrant restaurant destination at The Wharf," said Amer Hammour, Chairman of Madison Marquette.
The design of Mi Vida will incorporate The Wharf's industrial aesthetic and infuse it with contemporary and historic Mexican décor. Décor will include a modern take on Mexico's traditional "Árbol de la Vida" or tree of life, an intricate clay sculpture telling Biblical or historic stories. The space will seat approximately 400 guests and will offer multiple private dining rooms as well as waterfront patio seating. Mi Vida will open in early November of 2017
"We are thrilled that Roberto Santibañez is bringing his culinary skills to The Wharf," said Monty Hoffman, Founder and CEO of PN Hoffman. "The collaboration of Knead Hospitality + Design with Roberto Santibañez is truly exceptional—creating a best-in-class restaurant that showcases their expansive creative talents."
Mi Vida is the latest restaurant concept from KNEAD Hospitality + Design:
KNEAD Hospitality + Design was founded by partners Jason Berry and Michael Reginbogin. Together, they have collaborated on the design and launch of SUCCOTASH restaurant in National Harbor with Culinary Director Edward Lee, which will add a second location to D.C.'s Penn Quarter neighborhood in June 2017. Berry and Reginbogin are veterans of the restaurant industry and have held leadership roles at respected restaurant groups around the country including Rosa Mexicano, Hillstone, BR Guest Restaurants, TAO New York, SAMBA Brands Management, and more.
The Wharf is a $2 billion, world-class, mixed-use waterfront development located on the Washington Channel of the Potomac River. Situated along the District of Columbia's Southwest Waterfront, The Wharf is adjacent to the National Mall with a development area that stretches nearly one mile, across 24 acres of land and 50 acres of water from the Municipal Fish Market to Fort McNair. When complete, it will feature more than 3 million square feet of new residential, office, hotel, retail, cultural, marina, and public uses including waterfront parks, promenades, piers, and docks.
The first phase of The Wharf will open in October of 2017 and celebrate its grand opening with a six-month long series of events and public activities beginning on October 12.
The Wharf is a large-scale waterfront development by Hoffman-Madison Waterfront (HMW). The Wharf development team is led by PN Hoffman and Madison Marquette and also includes ER Bacon Development, City Partners, Paramount Development and Triden Development.
More information about The Wharf is available at www.wharfdc.com.
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