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.