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Chef and Hannibal culinary advisor José Andrés will be permanently reopening the former pop-up restaurant America Eats Tavern this November at the Tysons Corner Ritz-Carlton outside of DC. The America Eats Tavern version 2.0 will be a more suburban-friendly version of the 2011 restaurant created to accompany National Archives exhibit, "What's Cooking, Uncle Sam?" (it closed last July).
According to ThinkFoodGroup's press release, the restaurant will offer a "new take on American classics," a "splendid culinary expedition of traditional and innovative dishes inspired by the ingredients of the region." Andrés tells the Washington Post, albeit with less adjectives, that the menu will be "emphasizing wines, oysters, cheeses, meats, beers, blue crabs and other products from the Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania area." Anyway, here's the full and very descriptive press release:
José Andrés Announces the New Home of the Next Generation of America Eats Tavern at Tysons Corner
Washington, DC (June 4, 2013) - José Andrés and his ThinkFoodGroup unveil plans for their next great dining destination in the Washington Metropolitan area. Following the success of America Eats Tavern, the groundbreaking temporary restaurant in downtown DC, José Andrés reveals the permanent home of his American culinary destination, in McLean, Virginia, at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner, scheduled to open its doors this November.
"This is a new and exciting chapter for this unique experience. I always said I would find a home for America Eats. Tysons Corner is the best location for America Eats Tavern to continue telling the story of this country's culinary legacy, history, and culture. Northern Virginia is the perfect place to pay homage to American heritage and be inspired by the amazing farms, wineries and resources of the area," says José Andrés. "We are excited to be a part of the evolution of Tysons and see it become a dynamic urban center for Washington."
"Tysons Corner has over the years developed into a dynamic work, live, and play destination," said Mark Sherwin, general manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner. "We are certain our hotel guests, as well as our neighbors, will share our excitement in the addition of an iconic José Andrés restaurant to the community." American Eats Tavern offers a new take on American classics and celebrates the delectable array of native ingredients and some of the country's long-forgotten dishes. José's passion for America and its cuisine will be mirrored on the menu, which will take guests on a splendid culinary expedition of traditional and innovative dishes inspired by the ingredients of the region. The restaurant will offer a high-energy setting morning, noon and night. Whether it is for an early breakfast meeting, a festive lunch or family dinner, America Eats Tavern aims to be a gathering place for and about Northern Virginia and the Washington area.
America Eats Tavern, named after the Works Progress Administration (WPA) Writers Project of the 1930s, was initially located in the Penn Quarter District of Washington DC. The original restaurant was a temporary collaboration with the Foundation for the National Archives that lasted from July 2011 – July 2012. America Eats Tavern's new location will be at 1700 Tysons Boulevard, McLean, Virginia 22102. For more information, please visit www.americaeatstavern.com