Nearly five years after opening his award-winning South American steakhouse, Chef Victor Albisu announced that Del Campo will close on March 24. In its place, he’ll be offering two Mexican concepts, a new location of Taco Bamba and Poca Madre, a contemporary Mexican fine dining restaurant.
Now Taco Bamba, Albisu’s popular counter-service taqueria, will have its first permanent D.C. home in the front bar and dining room, while the back dining room and patio will welcome Poca Madre, a fresh upscale Mexican concept that will offer a refined menu for dinner only.
“Del Campo has had a great run at 777 I (EYE) St., but the success of the Taco Bamba lunch counter made me think it’s time for a change in this space,” Albisu said. “ When I first opened Taco Bamba in Falls Church my goal was to introduce people to a different side of Mexican food, respecting the classics, but also showing off how cool and creative the cuisine could be. Poca Madre is going to be a more upscale experience, but the goal is similar. There are very few refined contemporary Mexican restaurants in the U.S. and none in D.C. I want to bring a different kind of Mexican experience to the District.“
Before it closes, Del Campo will showcase some greatest hits from its menu and celebrate its cellar by offering exceptional bottles of wine at special prices. And don’t worry too much… Chef Albisu plans on re-opening Del Campo in a new location — he’s already looking at come promising spaces.