Last weekend, a popular 14th Street Spanish food destination got the outdoor dining business it’s been dreaming about for decades. Estadio re-opened with two street-side patios for guests to enjoy Estadio Afuera (al fresco) for the first time.
This pandemic pop-up — which goes above and beyond DC health and safety guidelines — turns Estadio’s dining space into a 60-seat streatery in front of its 14th Street NW restaurant. Diners will enjoy astroturf, large patio umbrellas, planters, and a minimum of 7 feet between picnic tables to ensure an extra-safe dining experience.
“We’ve waited for more than five months with closed doors, to really ensure that when we opened for on-premise dining, we were offering the safest experience possible,” said owner Max Kuller. “Now, we’re putting the porrons aside, but bringing back the rest of your Estadio favorites and expanding upon what makes summer at the restaurant so great.”
Estadio’s reopening comes with the promotion of a new Executive Chef, Dimas Mendoza, a 13-year employee of the restaurant. Chef Mendoza’s “Afuera” menu will serve many of the restaurant’s favorites as well as summer-only offerings featuring peak-season produce. (We’re craving Mendoza’s creamy Burrata with Heirloom Tomatoes and Donut Peaches from Path Valley Farms, topped with cucumber, shaved red onion, baby greens, sherry vinaigrette & crackly shards of homemade herbed flatbread!)
Get ready to taste more and touch less. Guests will place orders via the new Toast Order & Pay system, scanning a QR code to view online menus, place their orders, and pay — all contact-free.