Luis E. Martinez, a veteran of restaurants like Potomac Grill, Red Rock Canyon, the Cheesecake Factory and McCormick & Schmick's, and his team have taken the reins of the restaurant, which was previously run by chef Pedro Matamoros until his iteration of Nicaro closed on July 5.... The restaurant will now offer fusion cuisine, drawing on European flavors along with Latin and Cajun accents... Anthony Talavera says the restaurant will reach out to the neighborhood with deals like $5 martinis on Wednesday and half-priced bottles on wine on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Expect live music nights to come in the near future.If anyone tries the new Nicaro, let us know how it is. I generally avoid newly-opened restaurants. Sometimes it takes time for the cooks to get the food right and for the wait staff to become familiar with the menu. I'll give it at least a few weeks before I give it a shot.
UPDATE: From today's WP chat with Tom Sietsema. Ouch.
Silver Spring, Md.: Tom, have you heard anything about the new Nicaro in Silver Spring? The Going Out ladies talked to the new chef, whose past work includes The Cheesecake Factory and Potomac Grill. I'm not sure whether that's a good thing or a bad thing.* Any thoughts?*I was thinking the same thing myself.
Tom Sietsema: I gotta be brutally honest. Neither the incoming chef's resume nor his description of his menu (fusion cuisine, drawing on European flavors along with Latin and Cajun accents) gives me much hope for the "new" Nicaro. The fact the chef, Luis Martinez, is keeping the same name also gives me pause. Doesn't he want to distinguish his operation from the original?