Arena Stage announced in a press release today that they have selected José Andrés Catering with Ridgewells to operate the theater's café once it opens this fall. Menus and operating hours will be announced at another time. From the press release:
“I have been a longtime fan of José’s restaurants, and am just plain thrilled that José Andrés Catering with Ridgewells will be creating food in our beautiful new cafe space,” shares [Arena Stage Artistic Director Molly] Smith. “Along with other exclusive catering partners, Arena Stage will now not only be a home for American theater in Southwest, D.C. but of the culinary arts as well. The synchronicity between great art and great food is undeniable.”“Many years ago when Molly told me of her dreams for the new Arena Stage, I knew I wanted to be a part of it,” adds Andrés. “And now, my team and our partners at Ridgewells are here at Washington’s most amazing new destination.”
Andres owns/operates several restaurants in the metro area through his ThinkFoodGroup company, including Jaleo, Café Atlantico, and Zaytinya. According to the Washington Business Journal, José Andrés Catering with Ridgewells was formed last year.