Santa Rosa Taqueria reopening in Capitol Hill slated for April 23

Partnership with Buffalo & Bergen’s Gina Chersevani brings creative, refreshing margarita list

Capitol Hill’s Santa Rosa Taqueria, by Sunnyside Restaurant Group, will reopen Saturday, April 23 in a new space at 301 Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast. The Mexican-style restaurant was to reopen April 16 but encountered some technical difficulties. The restaurant plans to donate proceeds from food and drink sales during opening weekend to World Central Kitchen to support Ukraine relief efforts.

Revamped menu with modern interpretations

A refreshed menu, created by a collab between Consulting Chef Brian Lacayo and the ownership family’s Catherine Mendelsohn, brings creative interpretations and new vibes to traditional Mexican favorites. Menu highlights include a Piled High Volcano Nacho Bar with house made tortilla nachos and a selection of toppings. A Birria Taco with cheesy pot roast and consommé will emerge as a sure-to-be favorite.A less traditional Roasted Harissa Cauliflower Taco will reflect Santa Rosa’s commitment to serving fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

In a joint statement, Micheline and Catherine Mendelsohn said, “We are thrilled to open our doors again to the neighborhood with a brand-new look, feel, and menu. Those who loved Santa Rosa before are sure to love our new happy hour with tons of exciting cocktail options and samplers perfect for gathering with friends. We’re looking forward to seeing some new and familiar faces.”

Reimagined margaritas, naming contest

Gina Chersevani, of Buffalo & Bergen, Suburbia DC and Last Call, partnered with the Mexican restaurant to introduce a creative new beverage program. Built on imagination and experience, the dink menu adopts seasonal flavors. A margarita list offers diners and imbibers 10 unique options. These selections include not only Guava Mango and Passionfruit & Rose flavor, but more playful options, such as the Blue Lagoon with Milagro silver tequila, fresh lime and dehydrated seaweed and Frozen Pleasures with frozen lime margarita topped with fresh mango, pineapple, and lime.

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The bar will also offer beer and wine.

There will be a margarita naming contest to commemorate the reopening. “Santa Rosa is hosting a margarita naming contest in partnership with The Hill is Home,” announced the owners in a statement. “Margarita lovers and Hill residents alike can submit their favorite margarita recipe along with a photo to The Hill is Home via Twitter. The contest is live now until April 10th at 11:59 p.m. The winner gets bragging rights and their cocktail name on the menu for a month.”

The 60-seat Santa Rosa Taqueria interior will offer spacious accommodation. The eatery will open seven days per week from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. It will also offer an additional 60 seats in the outdoor patio area.

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