Photo of Javier Candon by Laura Hayes
Photo of Javier Candon by Laura Hayes

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Javier Candon and his wife Christiana Campos are readying to open their second restaurant, which will be called Joselito Casa de Comidas. It’s the couple’s first D.C. eatery. Candon is also an owner at SER in Ballston.

The 70-seat restaurant going into 660 Pennsylvania Ave. SE is named after Candon’s father Jose, who passed away the week SER opened in March 2015. Joselito was both his dad’s childhood nickname as well as the name of one of his favorite bullfighters. They’re hoping the feel of the restaurant, where they’ll hang old family photos on the walls, evokes turn-of-the-century Spain.

Haters and lovers of small plates can dine together because almost everything on the modern-meets-traditional Spanish menu comes in small (tapa), medium (media ración), and family size (ración).

The restaurateurs are currently looking to raise $7,500 on Kickstarter to add murals to the space, a handicap ramp, and other decorations. They hope to open “by the end of November, but maybe in December.”

Joselito Casa de Comidas, 660 Pennsylvania Ave. SE;