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Posted at 4:56 PM ET, 03/25/2010

Pedro Matamoros is back: 8407 opens for business

By Julia Beizer

The number of dining options in Silver Spring grows by one today, as chef Pedro Matamoros and business partner Nancy Mola open the doors to 8407 Kitchen Bar. The new restaurant specializes in "artisanal American" cuisine, but fans of the chef from his days at nearby Nicaro will be happy to see one well-known specialty on the menu.

"His lamb Bolognese will be available all day long," says Mola. Other dishes include a Cuban-style pork sandwich, wild rockfish with lemon truffle vinaigrette and gnocchi with wild mushrooms. Nibbles include warm olives, local oysters and a selection of cheese and charcuterie. The restaurant will have special menus for lunch and dinner hours (11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and after 5 p.m.) and an all-day menu that will be available during the gap in-between. Entree prices range between $10 and $30; check out full menus on the restaurant's 8407 Web site.

The two-story space on Ramsey Avenue can seat up to 200 in the dining room and lounge areas. Mola, who designed the place and serves as general manager, says the wooden floors and plaster finishes reinforce the "organic modern" feeling of the menu. The restaurant was originally scheduled to open in the fall, but as is to be expected, construction delays gave the owners a few setbacks.

Happy to be back? Mola answers with an enthusiastic "Yes!"

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In other openings news, the Cereal Bowl, a restaurant specializing in the obvious, opens in Cleveland Park on Saturday. Menus here.

-- Julia Beizer

By Julia Beizer  | March 25, 2010; 4:56 PM ET
Categories:  Restaurants  
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