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New celebrity chef restaurant opens at Washington National

Award-winning celebrity chef and restaurateur Mike Isabella’s coastal-inspired Greek dishes are now available to travellers at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport's Kapnos Taverna.

The new eatery – opened in partnership with HMSHost, MarketPlace Development and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority – is located near Gate 37 in Terminal C. 

The airport is the second location for Kapnos Taverna with the original location in Arlington, Virginia, near the Ballston metro station – just a short drive from the airport. 

Kapnos Taverna is the sister restaurant of Kapnos on 14th Street in Washington, DC and forthcoming Kapnos Kouzina concepts opening in Merrifield, VA, and Bethesda, MD, in 2016. 

“We’re ecstatic to be opening Kapnos Taverna in Reagan National Airport with Mike Isabella. He is a culinary icon and as a local DC metro area company it means a great deal to HMSHost to have such great partners in our hometown with MWAA, MarketPlace Development, and Chef Isabella,” said HMSHost's vice president of business development, Bryan Loden.

“Chef Isabella’s exquisite menu will be enjoyed by travellers who are looking for something innovative and unique. His ability to fuse ethnic regional cuisines with his own creativity really resonates in the menu and will be an exciting experience for National Airport travellers."

The celebrity chef homself seems equally as happy with developments.

“DC and Virginia residents have embraced our take on Greek cuisine and allowed us to expand and focus on different regional concepts,” he said.

“I think Washingtonians and visitors will love getting a taste of the Aegean while traveling through our nation’s capital.”

Kapnos Taverna looks toward the Aegean Sea with an expansive coastal Greek menu, including a gallery of mezze such as roasted spiced cauliflower, spicy olives and fried Greek potatoes.

Guests can dress stone-baked flatbreads with classic tzatziki, hummus, or htipiti spreads and nosh on crispy squid, lamb chops, or a bifteki burger. The menu also spotlights breakfast and brunch with savory choices ranging from a Greek yogurt to baklava crusted French toast. A kids mezze section offers items like orzo pasta and crispy chicken. 

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