Big news for NOVA: The second iteration of José Andrés‘s America Eats Tavern is headed to the Ritz-Carlton in Tysons Corner.
The first AET was always planned as a temporary restaurant—it took over Café Atlántico following the closure of that concept; the space is now home to Frederick De Pue seafood spot Azur. AET was originally conceived as an accompaniment to a cooking exhibition at the National Archives—a team of historians dug up American dishes and cocktails lost to the past. (For example: a milk punch, the recipe for which was included in a correspondence between Benjamin Franklin and a friend). There were also edible American icons like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. AET II, however, is a permanent addition to the former home of Michel, the Michel Richard restaurant that called it quits in February of 2012. Prior to Michel, the space was home to beloved Maestro, where Fabio Trabocchi cheffed before wandering off to New York, then returning to Washington and opening Fiola.
Slated to open in November, the new America Eats Tavern will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Stay tuned for more info as it emerges.