Ambar Owner Is Bringing Bottomless Mexican Restaurant to Arlington

Ambar owner Ivan Iricanin’s Mexican cafe in Clarendon is finding a new look and principle (pictured in this article: TTT rooftop). Photograph by Rey Lopez

Ambar restaurateur Ivan Iricanin has re-envisioned and renamed his 3-story Mexican restaurant in Clarendon various situations since opening it as a chef-driven spot in summer season 2019. The most up-to-date quick-informal iteration, Tacos Tortas Tequila, was what he calls an “easy execution” design, pushed by pandemic requirement. Now, Iricanin is on the lookout to make a “forever move”—and that go includes all-you-can-eat tacos and guacamole. 

A new and fully transformed Buena Vida, which will launch the first 7 days of April, is essentially a Mexican model of Balkan sister restaurant Ambar throughout the street—plus a significant rooftop lounge with 365-degree sights. Iricanin will dedicate the initially two flooring to AYCE foodstuff menus priced all over $25 for lunch and $40 to $45 for brunch and supper. Like at Ambar, visitors can get to their heart’s need and stomach’s means for two several hours, choosing from dips and salsas, tacos, ceviches, slow-cooked meat dishes like carnitas or ribs, greens (vegans and vegetarians will have their personal limitless menus), seafood plates, and additional. Drinks can’t be bottomless because of to Virginia restrictions, but diners can assume intensely discounted pours like Ambar’s 25-cent mimosas. 

“Fast-informal has so numerous competition, and it’s a very tough arena to battle in—it’s like a massacre of who’s cheaper,” Iricanin suggests. “Dining with no restrictions is what we know.”

Iricanin started out using the bottomless product again in 2009, when he was functioning the now-closed Masa 14 in Logan Circle. He states the clubby Latin-Asian strategy was struggling to attract brunch crowds—until he released cost-free-flowing tapas and cocktails. The design proved so successful he introduced it to many of his other enterprise ventures more than the several years, which includes Ambar on Capitol Hill and his dining places in Belgrade. 

Iricanin programs to close the second-ground eating room of TTT this week, and will soon shutter the cafe totally to permit design home Core to revamp the house with an airier, a lot more plant-crammed aesthetic influenced by stylish places in Tulum. The rooftop bar will most likely remain a put to consume, occasion, and snack on a la carte plates, but the relaxation of the 11,000 sq.-foot room will be primed for tables—including significant groups—to linger. The new space will include additional lounge parts for the late-night group, in addition a non-public eating space on a mezzanine intended to glimpse from the exterior like a tree house—because the only detail millennials appreciate much more than unlimited guacamole is a tree residence. 

Buena Vida Clarendon. 2900 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 

Meals Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the eating and consuming scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA method in New York, and held many cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.

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