A Washington, D.C., favorite Estadio announced that it will open a second location in Charleston later this year. Located at 122 Spring St., the contemporary Spanish -style restaurant will be part of a new mixed-use development on the site of a former church.
Owner/sommelier Max Kuller will run Estadio Charleston with chef Alex Lira (formerly of Bar Normandy) overseeing the culinary side of the establishment. According to the press release, “Lira has a Spanish sensibility that Max identified and tasted again and again during many joyful visits to Lira’s Bar Normandy, and which ultimately led to the initial dialogue on the project between the two.”
Eater D.C. has Estadio on its list of 38 Essential Restaurants and says:
“Estadio has been a major player in D.C.’s Spanish food scene since it opened. The contemporary small plates menu boasts a strong selection of cheese and charcuterie, as well as pintxos, bocadillos and classic tapas dishes.”
One difference in the locations will be the integration of Carolina Gold rice into the paellas and other rice-based dishes.
Look for more information soon on the building, menus, and opening dates.