Does this sound familiar? One Mexican restaurant is out and another is in on Euclid Avenue.
Buenos Nachos, which opened above Charlie Brown’s at 818 Euclid Avenue less than a year ago, has closed already. It opened in August 2017 in the space where Rincon Mexicano had been for years.
But fans of Mexican food won’t have to wait long for their salsa fix: Papi’s Mexican Restaurant and Bar will be opening soon.
Owner Marcos Valdes said he hopes to open later this month.
Valdes, who worked for several years at Jalapeno’s, knows what customers are looking for and is ready to satisfy cravings for the Tex-Mex they love.
But he also plans to add some unique dishes to the mix.
“Obviously I have to have the burritos, the tacos, street tacos, quesadillas, tamales, things like that. But I’m thinking of adding items such as a Mexican sandwich that is kind of like a torta, made only with pork cooked in dried pepper sauce, almost black in color,” Valdes said. “The sandwich will be black beans, meat, sauce and oaxaca cheese.”
His mother, Fran Campbell, who worked for years in hotel restaurants in Mexico, is helping him come up with the menu.
“She’s the recipe wizard for me,” Valdes said.
He will have a full bar, serving beer, wine and mixed drinks and will be open from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily for lunch and dinner. On Sunday, he hopes to serve a Mexican version of paella, with rice, vegetables, chicken, pork and seafood.
With an expected customer mix of college students and people from the Chevy Chase neighborhood, Valdes said he plans to keep the menu affordable, $5 to $8 for lunch and $10 to $20 for dinner.
And of course there will be free chips and salsa.
“Some restaurant owners think people will fill up but I’ve been in the trenches too long … people are going to order what they’re going to order,” Valdes said.