- Part of the space that the new restaurant in Artisphere will occupy. (Photo: TBD Staff)
We know you were all just dying to know the three finalists in the naming contest for the restaurant at Artisphere in Rosslyn — there were more than 550 entries, after all. Well the wait is over, and you can now vote on your favorite choice over at the Washington Post's Express site.
Guajillo and Casa Oaxaca owners Karen Barroso and Rolando Juárez will run the restaurant, and their aim to bring their own brand of Latin cuisine to Artisphere clearly affected submissions. Two of the three finalists, Artesano and También, are Spanish words. The third choice finalist is here. (No, that's not an un-linked hyperlink. The other option for Artisphere's new restaurant's name is the word "here." And yes, the lowercase is specified.)
Clearly, the venue's management — and the restaurant's owners, who helped narrow the choices down the final three — prefer the one-word name. But in my mind, "here" as a restaurant name is way too reminiscent of something out of Zoolander to be taken seriously.
"Artesano" is (yup, you guessed it) the Spanish word for artisan, which sort of plays nicely on Artisphere's status as an arts venue and the restaurant's interest in hand-crafted dishes. Similarly, I get "También", the word for "also", if the restaurant's owners want to highlight that Artisphere is also food, and not just art.
When news of the contest first appeared on TBD, I tweeted that voters had the chance to fight the good fight against addresses as restaurant names. Personally, I'm glad to see that "1100" is not on the list. So what do you think? Let us know in the comments, and then head over to Express to vote.