2014 | Dine

Renderings of Isabella Restaurant Show Bright, Informal Space

Celebrity chef says Greek concept will have 'kitchen-y style' at its location on Elm Street in Bethesda

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The renderings of Mike Isabella’s new restaurant planned for Bethesda show a bright, informal space with big windows, a “chef’s counter” and large, open-sided shelves that bisect the dining room.

Isabella, who appeared on the Bravo cooking show Top Chef and later was the runner-up on Top Chef All-Stars, will open Kapnos Kouzina, a 160-seat Greek restaurant, in the former Vapiano space at the corner of Woodmont Avenue and Hampden Lane this summer.

"I love the space. I really like the location,” Isabella said in an interview. “We’re obviously going to make some changes to the design—everything about it. It’s going to be more designed to the family market feel, with a kitchen-y style. We’re going to serve more comfort Greek food than we do in the other Kapnos locations."

In Tuesday’s news release announcing the upcoming restaurant, the proposed décor was described as being “washed in deep, earthy tones, with copious natural wood and olive green and gray accents.”

The 160 seats at the restaurant will include a 14-seat communal table, a 31-seat bar and chef-counter seating for 12. There will be an additional 94 seats on the patio.

Renderings by Natalie Park Design Studio provided by Mike Isabella and Kapnos.


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