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Masa 14 Launches with Antonio Burrell as Chef de Cuisine

Chef Kaz Okochi of Kaz Sushi Bistro
Chef Kaz Okochi of Kaz Sushi Bistro

Almost every possible ethnic cuisine is represented in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. Well except one – Latin-Asian. Often a restaurant is Latin or it is Asian -rarely would you find both under one roof. Chefs Kazuhiro “Kaz” Okochi of Kaz Sushi Bistro and Richard Sandoval of La Sandia/Zengo have partnered to bring us Masa 14 a new Latin-Asian concept slated to open mid-September this year at 1825 14th Street, NW. The new concept will have capacity for 240 guests and features a spacious 100-seat dining room, plus a private dining room which can accommodate parties of 18. In addition, Masa 14 will house one of the largest bars in the DC area with a whopping 65 foot long – 74-seat bar/lounge which is divided into three sections featuring selections of tequila, sake, beer, wine and cocktails. In addition, guests can view the open kitchen complete with a wood-fired brick oven which will be most utilized after midnight for Masa 14’s late night menu.

Recently, it was announced that Antonio Burrell will serve as the Chef de Cuisine of the new 100-seat Latin-Asian hotspot. The Masa 14 menu will include small plates incorporating Asian and Latin flavors ranging in price from $6 to $14. Prior to joining Masa 14, Antonio Burrell most recently served as the Chef de Cuisine of CommonWealth, a British-inspired, American-bred gastropub in Columbia Heights by Executive Chef Jamie Leeds. Burrell also worked for six years in two of Washington’s most elite kitchens: Vidalia and Bistro Bis, under Chef/Owner Jeffrey Buben, who was named “Best Chef Mid-Atlantic in 1999” by the James Beard Foundation. In addition, Vidalia’s Chef RJ Cooper was named,“Best Chef Mid-Atlantic in 2007”. Burrell started as the Executive Sous-chef in 2000, and worked his way up the culinary ladder learning both contemporary French and contemporary American cuisine. Burrell also served as Executive Chef of Viridian Restaurant in Washington, DC from 2006 to 2008 and Executive Chef of Eleventh Street Lounge in Arlington, VA from 2007 to 2008.

The restaurant will serve dinner nightly, beginning at 5 p.m. and stay open for the late night party crowd on some nights as late as 3 a.m. Brunch will be available Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For additional information or reservations please call (202) 328-1414 or visit www.masa14.com.


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