Salt line owners will open a large indoor/outdoor Tex-Mex restaurant in Tysons

Long Shot Hospitality Partners (from left to right) John Paul, Gavin Coleman, Jeremy Karman, Paul Holder and Chef Kyle Bailey. Photo courtesy of Long Shot Hospitality

Long Shot Hospitality, which operates the seafood-centric Salt Line and Dauphine hotspot in New Orleans, is preparing for a new venture. Chef Kyle Bailey and his partners will open an 11,000-square-foot Tex-Mex restaurant at the new Capital One Center in Tysons, Virginia, next year.

Similar to the Salt Line at Navy Yard, Ballston, and Dauphine in downtown DC, the new—yet-to-be-named—restaurant will feature a large outdoor space, an outdoor bar, and an upscale view courtesy of general design company And the Grizform Design ArchitectsThe design houses have previously worked with other Long Shot restaurants.

Much more is still being developed, although the slate will have a coastal impact. Partner Jeremy Karman says the team is taking a similar approach to Tex-Mex cuisine as they did to New England seafood and French Creole.

Tex-Mex is “something we’ve always wanted to do,” says Karman. “I think we’ve had a lot of success eating sweet, nostalgic food and creating regional concepts.”

Similar to how the group hired New Orleans chef Kristen Essig to lead the Dauphine, Carman says they are looking for “people with institutional knowledge” of Tex-Mex to help direct the new project.

“In the capital and greater region, everyone has done a great job honoring regional or modern Mexican cuisine. For the most part, larger chains and groups dominate the Tex-Mex segment. We’re looking to draw on Tex-Mex and honor what cuisine is all about,” says Karman.

Capital One Center in Tysons will be home to a new Tex-Mex Center from Long Shot Hospitality. Image courtesy of Capital One Center.

Long Shot is one of the first hospitality partners to log in to The Capital One Center, a 25-acre mixed-use development that is growing to include several retail and dining options, a performing arts center, Watermark Hotel, Skypark, and of course the headquarters of Capital One. On the dining side, this development is currently home to the upscale Japanese-American Wren Center, massive rooftop Starr Hill Biergarten, and Wegmans—with more on the way.

Tex-Mex isn’t the only thing Long Shot will bring to the outskirts of the capital. A third salt line site will open on Bethesda Row this year.

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Anna Spiegel covers the eating and drinking scene in her hometown of the capital. Prior to joining Washington in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and the Master of Fine Arts program at Columbia University in New York, holding various culinary and writing positions in New York City and in St. John’s, US Virgin Islands.

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