Concerned about the construction going on at Jaleo in downtown Bethesda?
Don't worry—bacon-wrapped dates aren't leaving town. Jaleo's just getting a major makeover, for the first time in 12 years, according to a news statement from the restaurant.
Why now, after 12 years?
"Changes are made when you are at your peak and I think Bethesda, in general, is at its best moment so this is the right moment to do this makeover," Jaleo founder Chef José Andrés said.
The weeklong renovation to "transform [Jaleo's Bethesda location] into a more contemporary and exciting space" started on Tuesday, Sept. 3, and the restaurant should be open again on Sept. 9, the news statement reported.
"The new space is inspired by avant-garde Spanish design. Once again, [Chef] José Andrés tapped his good
friend, architect and designer Juli Capella to lead this eye-catching project. ... Because of José’s passion to
tell the story of his country, each element of this evolution was carefully
selected to reveal the culture and traditions of Spain," the news statement added.
The newly renovated Jaleo will feature a tapas display and art pieces from Spanish artists, including a mural by Barcelona artist Rafael Vargas, as well as foosball tables designed by José Andrés and artist Claudina Codina.
team and I are very excited about the renovation of Jaleo Bethesda. We really want to celebrate the spirit of
Spain in every way. This restaurant is
close to my home and I spend great times here," Andrés said.