Tackle Box reopens five months after fire, new Mexican restaurant to replace Hook
Ichthyophiles, rejoice! Exactly five months after a fire destroyed much of the restaurant, Tackle Box’s Georgetown location reopens for dinner tonight. After several weeks of uncertainty, Tackle Box DC tweeted this morning, “The Georgetown and Cleveland Park Locations will Be OPEN for dinner tonight. We are so glad to be back up and running in Georgetown!”
Tackle Box’s sister restaurant Hook, where the fire started in June, will not be reopening. Instead, a modern Mexican restaurant called Bandolero will open in the space that once hosted Hook. Jonathan Humbel, the owner of both properties, did not think an upscale seafood restaurant would be successful in a slumping economy, and so turned to Mexican cuisine. He plans to open Bandolero by March of next year.
Humbel hired rising DC restauranteur Mike Isabella, a former contestant on Top Chef and the chef behind the popular Chinatown restaurant Graffiato, to oversee the new establishment. “It will be my vision, my food, my way or the highway,” the New Jersey native told the Washington Post. Isabeplans to emphasize cocktails and “lots of tacos.” Encouragingly, Bandolero will cater to the late-night desires of hungry Hoyas. “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,” Isabella said in a press release earlier this month.
“After the kitchen closes, tacos and guacamole will be available through last call,” the press release said.
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