Acclaimed chef Roberto Santibañez, owner of the Fonda restaurants in Brooklyn and Manhattan, will open his latest restaurant, Mi Vida, at The Wharf in Washington, DC. Chef Santibañez is well known for providing a modern take on the cuisines of his native Mexico City, creating a unique blend of both traditional and contemporary.
As culinary director, Chef Santibañez’s menu is expected to include dishes inspired from Mexico City’s well-known gastronomic offers, from street food to regional favorites. The culinary entrepreneur’s past restaurants have featured menus that provide an innovative take on his hometown’s famous foods, such as rotisseries, enchiladas suizas, and braised pork.
Mi Vida, which translates to “My Life,” is set to take over a 9,500 sq. ft. waterfront location in The Wharf with an opening date of November 2017. Knead Hospitality + Design will design and operate the space which will combine the area’s industrial aesthetic with traditional Mexican style. The restaurant will also feature private dining spaces and will take advantage of its waterfront location with patio seating.
The Wharf is the country’s second largest mixed-use development and boasts a mile-long stretch of restaurants, businesses, and residences along the Potomac River. Other tenants will include Hank’s Oyster Bar, Kirwan’s Irish Pub, CVS Health, and The Anthem, a 6,000 seat concert venue located adjacent to Mi Vida. In total, The Wharf will encompass 24 acres of land and 50 acres of water.
The Wharf is being developed by Madison Marquette, a real estate investment management and operating company known for investing in trendy neighborhoods and creating creative mixed-use areas. Amer Hammour, Chairman of Madison Marquette, stated the company is “delighted to welcome Mi Vida” and that with the design firm Knead Hospitality + Design’s touch, “Mi Vida will be yet one more unique and vibrant restaurant destination at The Wharf.”