Kapnos Taverna Opens Monday in College Park

Kapnos Taverna College Park Greek restaurant University Maryland Hotel UMD

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Kapnos Taverna will have a soft launch on Monday with doors opening at 5 p.m.

Mike Isabella’s Greek restaurant will open its newest location at the new Hotel at the University of Maryland with just dinner service. Lunch and brunch will follow in the first two weeks of October.

The Hyattsville Wire caught up with a representative of Kapnos to get more details.

The menu at the 143-seat restaurant will closely follow the Ballston location, with whole lamb shoulder and whole grilled branzino, stone baked flatbread and a mezze selection that includes crispy brussels sprouts with butternut squash, octopus Santorini and roasted pork shoulder with apple, mostarda and tahini.

More than half of the 120 bottles on the wine list represent Greece, with the remainder split between American and European wines. (If you’re looking for more local selections, Old Maryland Grill has a more regional focus.)

There will also be six beers on tap, including the just-released Mike Isabella Concepts Saison, made by D.C.-based 3 Stars Brewing Company. And as at other locations, the cocktail bar will feature hand-carved ice and a mix of classic cocktails and Kapnos inventions that feature Mediterranean spices, peppers and honey as infusions or garnishes.

The interior of the restaurant, which features rustic wood millwork and live plants and herbs throughout, was designed by Bethesda-based Streetsense, best known to Route 1 residents for its work on the Shoppes at Arts District Hyattsville.

Isabella was bullish on the location in a statement sent to the Hyattsville Wire.

“Being part of the hotel and having a presence on the University of Maryland campus is especially rewarding as everyone connected to the school has such a strong sense of pride,” he said. “Terp alumni are loyal fans for life.”

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