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Chef José Andrés is making his first foray in Georgetown next year when America Eats Tavern relocates from Tysons Corner to the historic D.C. neighborhood. The farm-to-table restaurant known for its comfort food and robust selection of Virginia wine has operated inside the Northern Virginia Ritz-Carlton since 2014, after getting its start as a pop-up in Penn Quarter.

“Georgetown is such a beautiful, historic part of D.C. and will make an amazing new home for America Eats Tavern,” Andrés tells City Paper in a statement. “We are proud to open our first restaurant in this neighborhood.”

Just last week, Chef Johnny Spero, an alumnus of another Andrés restaurant, minibarannounced he would open Reverie in Georgetown. Both restaurants reflect renewed interest in setting up shop in the neighborhood thanks to the liquor license moratorium being lifted in the spring.

America Eats Tavern staff members were notified of the move this afternoon, and the last day of service in Tysons Corner will be Dec. 23.

The restaurant is named for the Works Projects Administration’s Federal Writers Project that was created during the Great Depression to provide work for unemployed professionals by sending them out to document America’s relationship with food.

Signature dishes include a selection of country hams, a creamy tomato soup that borrows liberally from Campbell’s original recipe, steak tartare American, shrimp ‘n’ grits, and Nashville hot chicken. 

The exact address will be released at a later date. 

Photo courtesy America Eats Tavern