Published in Hospitality Design on September 04, 2015

Mike Isabella Concepts has opened Pepita, a new Mexican-inspired restaurant in Arlington, Virginia—located across the Potomac River from Washington, DC.

Unveiled this past July, the 1,200-square-foot dining concept’s periwinkle and chartreuse interior is a play off Pepita - Mike Isabella Concepts - Built by Hospitality Construction ServicesMexican cantinas and was constructed by locally based general contractor Hospitality Construction Services. Design highlights include porcelain tiles and Douglas fir millwork.

Tequila also inspired the 76-seat Pepita, which features a wall of 100 colorful, translucent bottles and an additional floor-to-ceiling glass wall on the restaurant’s left side. Three tall wooden tables create distinction between the bar and adjacent dining area.

Fronted by black and white Mexican-inspired tiling, the bar flanks a row of chartreuse chairs and banquets that complemented by wood flooring. Tables sit beneath large amber glass pendant lights, while banquettes are set flush against a textured periwinkle wall with a centralized flower motif. A booth and outdoor area provide additional seating.

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