Chef Shuffles: Will Vivas Replaces Antonio Burrell at Agua 301

Navy Yard’s Mexican eatery gets a new toque.
New Agua 301 chef Will Vivas cooked at Recess Tapas Lounge before heading to Navy Yard. Photograph courtesy of Recess.

The Mexican-themed Agua 301 just opened on the Capitol Riverfront in December, but a new chef has already taken over. As first noted on DonRockwell.com, opening toque Antonio Burrell has left the kitchen. A spokesperson for the restaurant tells us a replacement has already been found: Will Vivas, formerly the executive chef at Recess Tapas Lounge. Vivas took the helm last Tuesday.

Before coming to Washington, the Venezuelan-born chef ran Vivas restaurant in Belmar, New Jersey. He’ll keep much of Agua’s menu the same—those pork-belly tacos aren’t going anywhere—but diners will also find a number of changes, including more South American dishes inspired by Vivas’s cooking background.

As for Burrell, there’s no word yet on where he’ll land. He’s been known to kitchen-hop in recent years, including stops at Masa 14, El Centro, and Bethesda’s Redwood.

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