Mike Isabella Plans Kapnos Spinoff in Arlington

The Ballston restaurant will have weekday lunch, weekend brunch, and happy hour.

Just two months old and already it has a sibling. Mike Isabella is bringing the Kapnos concept to NOVA. Photograph by Jeff Elkins

It has been a busy year for Graffiato chef/restaurateur Mike Isabella, who opened his second restaurant, the northern-Greece-inspired Kapnos, at 14th and W streets this July. He also debuted sandwich shop G in New Jersey, then unveiled a second location next door to Kapnos that doubles as a family-style-dinner restaurant.

And now he is headed to Arlington. News comes this morning that Isabella is planning the 185-seat Kapnos Taverna in a 4,700-square-foot space at 4000 Wilson Boulevard in Ballston.

The Virginia Kapnos will have many of the same dishes as the original, but it will also offer weekday lunch, brunch on weekends, and a happy hour menu. There will be one spit for roasting whole chickens, pork shoulders, and lamb. Look out for ten on-tap cocktails—as at the first Kapnos and at Graffiato, Taha Ismail will be in charge of drinks—a 200-bottle wine program, and a 40-seat patio.

Isabella is shooting to open Kapnos the second in summer 2014.