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Fuego Cocina y Tequileria to Open in October

by ARLnow.com August 30, 2012 at 12:05 pm 16,579 56 Comments

Fuego Cocina y Tequileria, a new Mexican restaurant in Clarendon, has started hiring and is hoping to open as soon as Oct. 1.

The restaurant is opening in the former Market Tavern space at 2800 Clarendon Blvd. Interior construction is still underway, but the restaurant started accepting applications from job candidates this week. Job applications — for server, bartender, cooks and other positions — will be accepted through Sept. 7, according to the Market Common shopping center website.

Like Market Tavern (formerly Harry’s Tap Room), Fuego will have two levels: a tequila bar featuring more than 120 tequilas on the first level, and a restaurant serving Mexican small plates and entrees on the second level.

“Fuego [Cocina] y Tequileria will be a temple of traditional Mexican cuisine serving in-your-face-food with authentic, robust, not-for-the-faint-of-heart flavors and textures,” according to the restaurant’s new website. Once it opens this fall, Fuego will serve dinner seven nights a week and will also be open for weekend brunch on Saturday and Sunday.

Fuego is owned by the Passion Food Restaurant Group, which also owns DC Coast, Acadiana, Ceiba, District Commons and Burger Tap and Shake in the District, and Passionfish in Reston. The new restaurant will be helmed by Chef Alfredo Solis, who has been the chef at District Commons and Burger Tap and Shake.

  • South Awwlington

    I was going to snark about the long list of restaurants that seem to come and go along this corridor…then I read who was behind it.

    Passion Food doesn’t fail and they are local.

    Def checking this out.

    • JamesE

      They own more than two restaurants making them “chain” owners!

      • South Awwlington

        Multiple restaurants with different focus=/=chain

        • CW

          Sarcasm + Internet = sarcasm detector failure

    • Faye Jissette

      Unfortunately, all the restaurants own by this group are overpriced. I suspect Fuego Cocina y Tequilaria will be too.

      • South Awwlington

        $25/pp for entree avg is not overpriced unless your idea of dining is Ruby Tuesday/Friday’s.

        • Not Me

          Thank you for your contribution to the vibrant economy (and overpriced mexican food).

          • South Awwlington

            As someone who has worked in the Hospitality Industry in this town for ten years and eighteen years total, I feel that I am qualified to make statements regarding food quality and price. So sorry if you disagree.

            Dig out your thesaurus. “Vibrant” is tired when the board uses it and even more so when others continually regurgitate it.

          • SomeGuy

            Sounds like you’re an expert. Can you explain why you’d consider a restaurant’s food quality inherently lower based on where the prioprietor holds domicile and whether they have more than one restaurant of the same focus vs. a different focus?

            I.e., your statement that “…and they are local” and your subsequent clarification that this “chain” of restaurants is okay because their restaurants have various focii.

          • John Fontain

            You see here, I am a car salesman. As a car salesman who has worked in the cars sales business in this town for ten years, I feel that I am qualified to state that $50,000 for this car right here is not overpriced.

        • Rick

          Ruby Tuesday has changed its menu and has some very good food at excellent prices.

  • Ballstoni

    Can’t wait! If you are reading this – make it SPICY AS HELL!!!

  • TuesdaysChild

    Looks very promising indeed. Not a sports bar; not a chain.

  • Arlingtoon

    I’ve eaten at many of their other restaurants, and they’re all, imho, top of the line places with really good food. I’m looking forward to giving this place a try — a welcome addition to the neighborhood.

    • nerf

      They are OK. They’re no Black’s, but a decent second choice.

      • Donaldson Run Resident

        What is “Black’s”?

        • CW

          A name that, when attached to any restaurant in DC, will cause people to line up outside like sheep and wait for hours for overpriced seafood.

  • cranky crankypants

    Let’s hope that they pay more attention to food and service than to copy editing. Spelling the name wrong in the text of their own webpage is a bad sign.

    • Ben

      What’s spelled wrong? ARLNow has their name misspelled.

    • We copy and pasted the quote from their website and didn’t notice the misspelling. We’ll add a correction, thank you.

      • cranky crankypants

        I think a [sic] is appropriate.

      • attention to detail

        So what gives about the discrepancy between Tequilaria and Tequileria?

        • CW

          I am very familiar with “tequilarrhea”, which comes approximately 12 hours after a visit to either of the aforementioned.

          • dang!


    • darsasx

      whant arne yonu tanlking abnout? They got it right 75% of the time on their webpage. . .

  • Drunk_IrishChick

    Hope they have Hot Doormen!!

    • karzai

      Love your posts, IrishChick. For us guys, I will soon be opening a “Hooters Clarendon”. Coming soon to a storefront near you.

    • SomeGuy

      I have a thing for Clarendon Skank, but would love to run into either of you two out on a night of drinking and subsequent passing out.

      • Clarendon Skank

        Are you Serbian?

        • SomeGuy

          Better question: do you have any Serbian in you?

          • Clarendon Skank

            Not after Labor Day.

          • SomeGuy

            In that case, I’ll pencil you in for the day after. C U Next Tuesday.

          • Clarendon Skank

            ‘Pencil’. I don’t like the sound of that.

          • SomeGuy

            I maintain a log. What if I record it there?

          • Clarendon Skank

            Now we’re talking.

          • Internet Decency Board

            Ok, time to get a ‘chat room’ you two.

        • Marry me!

        • Drunk_IrishChick

          Osullivans Doormen are the Hottest!!

  • zimmy

    Gah, can we permanently ban the term “small plates” from our lexicon? Though I suppose “pretentious overpriced appetizer” doesn’t look good printed on a menu.

    • SomeGuy

      zimmy, those two phrases you’ve listed are synonymous, and I think you’ve done a nice job articulating the need for the term “small plates.”

    • nom de guerre

      Speaking of pretentious and small, Sam’s would like to introduce the first addition to it’s new slider concept-pan seared, locally sourced Donaldson Run foie gras on toasted brioche topped with a fig and balsamic vinegar reduction, mache salad and “Humbolt Fog” goat’s milk cheese.

      • SteamboatWillie

        Give that really, really tired meme a rest. Please.



        • FrenchyB


        • NoVapologist


        • JohnB

          -1 I quite enjoy nom’s imaginary creations.

          • Joan Fountain

            Wait, what do you mean “imaginary”?

    • CW

      I wish someone would open a “large plates” restaurant.

      • Buckwheat

        It’s called “Cheesecake Factory”. Food quality is inversely proportional to plate size.

        • Tre

          Next up: Microplates

      • South Awwlington

        Our kids enjoy large plates at home, hence the new APS walk policy.

  • Not Me

    smh… mexican food was cool because it WAS cheap.

  • John Fontain

    What exactly is a not-for-the-faint-of-heart texture? Sounds kinda gross to me.

    • Clarendonguy

      Or “In your face food…” what’s that?

      • Clarendonguy

        Wait. I just figured it out. “In your face food” are instructions on where to put it.

  • Zach II

    I want to open a gourmet restaurant/topless bar. Call it ‘Small Plates, Big T*ts’

    • Eamon De Valera

      I’m hungover in my cubicle and this really made me Lol.

      Keep up the good work.


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