Facebook

There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.

With the debut of ThinkFoodLab, Chef José Andrés is further diversifying and will officially dabble in the world of pop-ups. Why not? Everyone else is doing it.

It rounds out the restaurateur’s local resume of having a two-star Michelin restaurant (minibar), a handful of upscale restaurants (Zaytinya, Jaleo, China Chilcano, Oyamel, etc.), a fast-casual eatery (Beefsteak), a casino restaurant (Fish), and a food truck (Pepe).

ThinkFoodLab will be housed in a temporary storefront in Penn Quarter and its purpose will be to give Andrés’ company, ThinkFoodGroup, a place to conduct research and development. They’re essentially pulling back the curtain, enabling diners to taste test fast-casual concepts before they launch.

In the coming weeks they’ll start simple by serving food from Pepe. Expect fried chicken with aioli and “brava sauce,” and Spanish-style grilled cheese sandwiches.

In a statement, Andrés explains that he always has a host of ideas swirling around in his head and is eager to have a place where the public can get involved by trying them. 

Find ThinkFoodLab at 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW near the Navy Memorial. It will be open weekdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.