Shopping and Dining briefs: Albisu to expand Taco Bama, Spring Fling reveals participants

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Chef Victor Albisu to expand Taco Bama in D.C., replace Del Campo

Nearly five years after opening the award-winning South American steakhouse, Chef Victor Albisu is replacing Del Campo with two Mexican concepts. Taco Bamba, his 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.

Albisu is actively searching for a new location for Del Campo. It will close on I (EYE) street after dinner on March 24. Renovations to create the dual concept space will begin immediately. Among the new features will be a double-door vestibule separating the two spaces.

When Taco Bamba opens as a permanent concept the week of April 2, it will do so with a new-to-Chinatown look. The former Del Campo bar, lounge and front dining room area will be made over in the signature Taco Bamba style. Like the Springfield and Vienna locations, this new outpost will feature a bar and an expanded menu of tacos, many original to the location.

The space is getting extended hours as well, operating from 8:30 a.m.  to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays; and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays. Taco Bamba DC will celebrate its transformation into a permanent concept with a rooftop Cinco de Mayo blowout on the building’s rooftop on May 5.

Spring Wine Fling reveals participants

Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington has announced  the participants and specials available during Spring Wine Fling, the annual promotion showcasing wine programs at regional eateries and  bars.

Guests can peruse the 27 participating locations and learn more about what different wines each restaurant is pouring in either flights of three wines for $15, or flights of five wines for $25 available from March 26 through April 1.

Each restaurant offers something different, with several also planning special programming to showcase their wine programs to guests. The Dish & Dram will host an Austrian wine dinner on March 26 to kick off its in-house promotion, and Honeysuckle (above) is hosting a wine tasting dinner with five paired courses on March 27.

Slate Wine Bar & Bistro will be offering 10 different wine flights on March 29 for a super sommelier night with sales supporting the Dupont Rotary Club’s Bikes for Change project.

Information on all specials and events are available at

The list of participants includes:


Ankara Restaurant

Asia Nine Bar and Lounge

B Too

Belga Café



Compass Rose

Cork Wine Bar & Market

Cuba Libre

Georgia Brown’s



Iron Gate

Joselito Casa de Comidas

Jug & Table

Occidental Grill

Pavilion Café

Slate Wine Bar & Bistro


Texas de Brazil

Via Umbria


American Prime

Chima Steakhouse

Columbia Firehouse

Oz Restaurant & Bar



The Dish & Dram