Chef Robert Gadsby to Open Bacaro Wine Bar in Shaw


A wine bar called Bacaro will soon join Dolci Gelati and forthcoming Convivial (from the Mintwood Place team) in Shaw's City Market at O development.

The bar comes from chef and restaurateur Robert Gadsby, who owns RG's BBQ Cafe in Laurel, Md. The British-born chef, who's trained under the likes of Tom Colicchio and Thomas Keller, has competed on Iron Chef and appeared on Andrew Zimmern's Bizarre Foods. He previously ran a place called Gadsby's Bar American in Columbia, Md., which closed late last year, briefly ran the kitchen at Robert Wiedmaier's Mussel Bar in Bethesda, and was once corporate chef for Ridgewells Catering. He also operated restaurants in Los Angeles and Houston earlier in his career.

Located on 8th Street NW across from a Giant location, the wine bar will seat nearly 50 and offer a wide selection of wines by the glass and the bottle, including many from "discreet wineries," according to a press release from developer Roadside Development. The menu will consist of 80 percent wine and 20 percent food (which will pair with the wine).

Bacaro gets its name from Venetian bars and restaurants where you can get a quick bite. "It is what we can commonly describe as a working mans pub," Bacaro's website describes. "Our menus reflect the European philosophy and approach to food. Quality ingredients passionately prepared and served with reverence."

It's set to open this summer.

Y&H has contacted Gadsby for additional details, so stay tuned.

Photo by Jessica Sidman