Richard Sandoval’s Toro Toro Will Open in March

The restaurateur prepares for his sixth Washington venture.

Richard Sandoval’s sixth Washington eatery, Toro Toro, will debut in March. Rendering courtesy of Toro Toro.

Last year restaurateur Richard Sandoval announced plans to open Toro Toro, a pan-Latin steakhouse, at 1300 I Street, Northwest. The 140-seat space in Franklin Square will debut in March, joining local Sandoval eateries Masa 14, El Centro D.F., Ambar, La Sandia, and an upcoming Mexican spot in Shaw.

Those familiar with Sandoval’s restaurants will find similarities, such as a spacious outdoor area in the form of a 40-seat patio and a 70-seat lounge that hosts dancing on certain nights. The hedonistic brunch of bottomless brunch cocktails and small plates will be offered Saturday and Sunday, while you can also opt for the “rodizio experience” on weekdays with unlimited grilled meats carved tableside. Other dishes include ceviches, arepas, and other items meant to share.

Washington has always been known as a steakhouse town, but several restaurateurs are bringing Latin flair to the concept. Chef Victor Albisu spurred the trend with Del Campo’s debut last year, while Philadelphia-based restaurateur Jose Garces plans to launch an Argentinian-style version in the Loews Madison in the coming months. Better than “female-friendly” steakhouses? We think so.

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Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.