It’s been just a week since the crew started work on Jaleo, the popular Bethesda tapas bar, and it’s already re-opening for lunch tomorrow, September 10, with a vibrant, more contemporary look.
The exterior rose friezes have been replaced with awnings, and the interior décor—all from Spain—provides a colorful splash of red, yellow and black.
One dining alcove is seriously red (tables, chairs, walls); another is a neon-like combination of chartreuse walls, yellow-topped table and red upholstered chairs. And there are new brick-red bar stools.
The red lighting fixture in the entrance was created by Spanish designer Joanna BoVer; the shade is made from hand-wrapped polyester-blend ribbon. A mural by Barcelona artist Rafael Vargas spans across one wall.
Two foosball tables that double as dining surfaces were created by chef-owner Jose Andres in partnership with a Spanish company and a Spanish artist. The stools around the tables are made from Vespa scooter seats. Now that’s cool.
7271 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda, 301-913-0003, www.jaleo.com