District Restaurant News | Fall 2020

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A colorful and bright La Famosa opens in Navy Yard, Washington, DC. Photo by Scott Suchman.

The restaurant’s dishes bring nostalgia and joy to Parkhurst, who spent much of his childhood cooking in his grandmother’s kitchen. The drink menu at La Famosa includes batidos—tropical fruit blended with milk, sugar and ice—and a coffee program, comprising espresso drinks and iced coffees, headlined by ‘Café Frio’ cold brew and Coco Shakerato, made from locally-roasted Ceremony Coffee. La Famosa’s libations lean heavily on rum. The cocktail menu includes Guava Smash, Rum Negroni and, of course, the Piña Colada. A selection of white, red and rosé wines as well as draft, bottle and canned beer are also available. The diverse bar menu includes alcohol-free drinks as well.

Concept: ‘Not your mama’s mofongo’ The 60-seat restaurant was conceptualized by GrizForm Design Architects. Energetic

colors such as kiwi green and coral pink can be found across the 2,300 squarefoot space “juxtaposed with a Caribbeanflavored wall covering above,” according to an announcement. General Design Co. took point on branding, punctuating the design with a color palette, halftone images of pineapples and palm trees, and illustrations which were inspired by fruit stickers. Taglines that appear inside, including “not your mama’s mofongo” and “mi batido brings all the gente to the Yards” reflect La Famosa’s offbeat, playful feel. La Famosa operates from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Social distancing and reduced capacity during the pandemic will keep patrons safe. Outside, a 58-seat patio will be very much in demand while temperate weather holds. DoorDash and Uber Eats will fulfill delivery orders. District Restaurant News 7