Eater: D.C.’s New Latin American Wonderland Opens on 14th Street NW

Chef Enrique Limardo is serious about the number seven at his first D.C. restaurant, Seven Reasons, which welcomes its first customers tonight on 14th Street NW. There’s a seven-layer coconut dessert, and a seven-course chef’s tasting menu is in the works. Even the opening date of April 16 adds up: one plus six equals seven.

“The number seven is one of the strongest in numerology, in religions and cultures,” the Venezuelan-born chef tells Eater. “We also define customers as a seven — the person looking to discover a new experience.”

Staking a claim in D.C. makes Limardo a seven for the same reason. His first stateside project, Alma Cocina Latina in Baltimore, opened in 2014 and caught the eye of Washington Post critic Tom Sietsema, who awarded it a rare three-and-a-half stars. Limardo’s new business partner, Ezequiel Vázquez-Ger, was also paying attention. The Argentinian consultant-turned-restaurateur used to make the frequent trek to Baltimore with his wife for Limardo’s cooking.

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