Arlington, VA

A new Mexican restaurant is coming to the Village at Shirlington in early 2020.

Taco + Piña will take over the former space of Lotus Vietnamese Grill & Noodles, which closed last November, at 4041 Campbell Avenue.

The restaurant is the first solo venture from Chef Graham Bartlett, who previously worked at D.C. restaurants El Centro, Masa 14, and Buena Vida in Silver Spring.

The menu at Taco + Piña draws inspiration from Bartlett’s childhood and the time he spent traveling to Mexico with his family. Featured dishes include an avocado tostada and a “chile relleno taco” topped with tempura flakes.

In addition, there will be an extensive beverage menu with tequilas, frozen margaritas, Mexican imported beers, and more.

“The Village at Shirlington has… a range of quality restaurants rooted in international cuisines to tempt every palate,” said Village of Shirlington owner Federal Realty Investment Trust, in a press release. “We’re pleased to be able to provide the neighborhood and greater community with this new and locally-owned establishment.”

Taco + Piña applied for its building permits in October, per county records.

Hat tip to Nick E.

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