Monday, March 2, 2009

Vapiano's opened in Chinatown

We had a great time at the Grand Opening party. I got to try lots of appetizers, pastas and desserts. All of the food is delicious! This is the 48th location to open. The food is affordable and the restaurant will be a great addition to the area.
The H Street Vapiano, which will seat up to 175 guests, will offer a chic, Euro ambience with earth-tone accents, and splashes of red amidst the wood and marble. Guests can enjoy a glass of wine during dinner while sitting at one of the communal high-top wooden tables adorned with pots of fresh herbs like basil and rosemary, or a signature cocktail like the Vapiano Martini made with Three Olives Vodka, Chambord, a touch of pineapple juice and garnished with a lime in one of the red leather lounge chairs, while watching the bustle of Chinatown out the front window. In addition, an eye-catching signature “chalkboard,” designed by New York artist Jenn Chavez that takes over 3 days to design, is showcased above the cooking station and in the center of the restaurant guests will be drawn to the two matching handmade glass, modern wave chandeliers.

Vapiano will be open seven days a week; on Monday and Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m., on Wednesday and Thursday from 11:00 a.m. – midnight, on Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m., and on Sunday from noon – 10:00 p.m. Happy hour is from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Vapiano will offer take-away, private party spaces and catering services. The restaurant is located at 623-625 H Street, NW, Washington D.C. 20001. The General Manager is Laurette Dominguez. Other Washington D.C. locations are located at 21100 Dulles Town Circle, Dulles, VA; 1800 M Street N.W., Washington DC; and 4401 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA. For more information about Vapiano in the Washington area or other locations, please go to www.vapiano.com or call (202) 621-7636.

About Vapiano International: Vapiano is an innovative European concept serving fresh house-made pasta, made-to-order fire roasted pizzas, hand-tossed gourmet salads along with a full-service bar. Vapiano continues to garner global attention for their approach to dining – dishes are prepared at high temperature exhibition style wok stations, fresh herbs adorn each table and a unique chip card payment system rounds out each diner’s ultra-modern experience. The restaurant’s innovative, self-service technology and unmistakable upscale d├ęcor has created a huge customer fan base and helped fuel the company’s worldwide expansion. Restaurants are 5,000-8,000 square feet, seat 150 or so guests and have a blended check average of about $13.50 per guest.
Currently, Vapiano International operates 47 restaurants in fourteen countries. International locations already in operation include 27 in Germany, where Vapiano got its start, as well as locations in Belgium, Great Britain, The Netherlands, Austria, Sweden, Switzerland, Estonia, Hungary, Poland, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Turkey.
Besides the Washington metro locations, Vapiano currently operates in Fort Myers, Florida, and will be opening in April 2009 in Dallas, Texas. In the U.S., the company has completed development franchise contracts for six stores in Southwest Florida, ten in Dallas, three in Boston and recently closed a deal for three stores in Detroit, Michigan and Atlanta, Georgia.
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