Rumors keep percolating about a new location of La Carta de Oaxaca coming to Capitol Hill. And this morning the owners of the devoutly adored Ballard restaurant gave the official word: It’s actually a second location for its sibling Queen Anne restaurant, Mezcaleria Oaxaca.
The Mezcaleria Oaxaca location on Capitol Hill will open late this summer (if all goes well) in a former auto repair shop at Summit and Pine. And, you guys, this sounds spectacular: Restaurant heavyweights Graham Baba Architects and Dovetail are making over the space and adding a rooftop dining area. The space itself is about the size of La Carta de Oaxaca and Mezcaleria Oaxaca combined and will serve the mole negro and other Oaxacan favorites that draw crowds at its first two locations. La Carta culinary mastermind Gloria Perez will oversee the food at this new location, too.
There's also that lovely array of mezcals—every one legally available in the state—just like up on Queen Anne. I’ve definitely been caught up in the wave surrounding this smoky Oaxacan spirit. It can add the perfect amount of edge to a cocktail, but it’s also great to just sip as well.
Meanwhile, La Carta de Oaxaca is gearing up for its 10-year anniversary; per a press release, plans include a major party later this year, a new photo installation by Spike Mafford, whose breathtaking photos of life in Oaxaca are familiar sites at La Carta and Mezcaleria. Look for some new menu items around the anniversary as well.