Chef José Andrés will soon bring a 140-seat Chinese-Peruvian mash-up to Washington, DC. Tentatively dubbed China Chilcano (which references a traditional Peruvian cocktail), the restaurant will occupy a 7,000-square-foot, long-vacant space in the city's Penn Quarter, conveniently on the very same block as Andrés' restaurants Oyamel and Jaleo.
According to a press release, the concept borrows strongly from Andrés' Las Vegas restaurant China Poblano, which combines Chinese and Mexican flavors. The China Chilcano menu will highlight Chifa cuisine: Peruvian fish stews and ceviches, Chinese-style dim sum and dumplings. In a canned statement, Andrés says, "Peru is an astonishing country. The people and the culture reveal so many traditions. The history with China is fascinating and the Chifa cuisine so unique." No head chef has been named yet. Projected opening date: Spring 2014.