SER Spanish Restaurant Looks Like It’s Opening Outlet Near Eastern Market
by Larry Janezich
It looks like Javier and Christiana Candon intend to open a sister restaurant to SER – their hot Spanish dining experience in Ballston – on Pennsylvania Avenue, SE. Last week, Javier Candon – co-owner of SER – took out a building permit to remodel 660 Pennsylvania Avenue for continued use as a restaurant. The location is the former home of Sona Creamery and Wine Bar.
SER (Simple Easy Real) opened in Ballston in March of last year, after the Candons – who had been seeking a DC location – won a competition for a location in Ballston where a developer was offering substantial incentives to locate a restaurant. Since opening, SER has won rave reviews from food critics.
The restaurant, which the Candons co-own with famed chef Josu Zubikarai of DC’s Taberna del Alabardero, concentrates on classic Spanish dishes and home cooking rather than the standard tapas fare.
For a look at SER’s menus, go here: http://www.ser-restaurant.com/our-menus.html
According to SER’s website, Candon’s 20 plus years of experience includes stints at several fine dining establishments both here and abroad, including Taberna del Alabardero. The website notes, “Javier graduated with honors from Europe’s prestigious Escuela Superior de Hosteleria de Sevilla.… In his spare time, he fervently watches Real Madrid games, cooks with his favorite 5 and 8 year olds, and dreams about his next restaurant adventure with Christiana.”
CHC’s efforts to reach SER’s media contact and management for comment were unsuccessful.
Sona, which opened in February of 2014, closed earlier this year after falling behind some $100,000 in rent to its landlord Stanton Development.