Here's a quick update on Nicaro (8229 Georgia Ave) - it is scheduled to re-open on Monday, August 3.
After reading some chatter on-line from our readers here and from ThayerAvenue.com (thanks Eric), my wife and I decided to go by the place on our way home from work to see what we could find out. We peeked through the window and could definitely see some activity, but the door was still locked so we didn't think we'd find out too much. But right before we left, the front door opened and out walked the new owner, Luis.
He gave us the scoop about the Monday opening (over a couple beers at the bar) and said he plans to keep the name Nicaro. The new Nicaro will definitely be a family-run place with Luis, his wife and daughter working as hostess after her school days are through.
Luis is Venezuelan, but does not plan to serve dishes from his homeland. He plans on keeping a New American bent to Nicaro and serving food along the lines that Pedro did. Luis comes to SoCo from many years in the industry, having previously run the Potomac Grill in Rockville.
It's been certainly sad to walk by Nicaro and see the place shut down, so I am excited it will have new ownership and again be serving the hood. While Luis has big shoes to fill, I am hopeful the new Nicaro will be a pleasant addition to the SoCo restaurant scene. And it seems we win on both counts since we know Pedro's new place, 8407, will be open later this fall.