The chef behind Alma Cocina Latina in Baltimore—dubbed a "Venezuelan stunner" by Post critic Tom Sietsema—is moving to D.C. to serve as the chef and co-owner of Seven Reasons. Chef Enrique Limardo will helm the open kitchen inside the experimental South American-inspired restaurant bound for the former Piola space at 2208 14th St. NW. It is expected to open in 2019.
Limardo got his first taste of the D.C. restaurant scene when he signed on as the consulting chef for Chicken + Whiskey, but he's looking to make a more profound splash with Seven Reasons. "This is a big opportunity," he says. "For me it's my big step here in the U.S. Baltimore was the biggest trampoline, but now this is the time to do it right and do it in a city where the competition is great."
Seven Reasons co-owner Ezequiel Vázquez-Ger encountered Limardo's cuisine at Alma Cocina Latina about a year ago. "My wife is from Venezuela and so we said, 'This food is amazing,'" Vázquez-Ger recounts. "We want this guy to be in D.C., not in Baltimore. We want to be able to come here every day or every week, not every six months."