Las Placitas is celebrating THIRTY YEARS! The restaurant originally opened at 517 8th Street SE and relocated to 1100 8th Street SE in 2016, after their lease was not renewed in 2015, in order to allow an expansion for Matchbox– which later became a vacant space and is now home to Moroccan restaurant Mekki DC. At the time Las Placitas opened on Barracks Row, the street was not nearly as trendy or foot-traffic friendly. And in the four years since the beloved Salvadoran-Mexican restaurant has been open in the southern end of 8th Street, that section of the street has seen other businesses open, flourish and make community. Las Placitas and their blend of cuisines, plus their generosity, hospitality and occasional freebie shot of tequila or plate of nachos, have been a mainstay in our family’s places to treat ourselves. And it looks like, while other places have had a hard time, Las Placitas has managed not just to break even but to thrive during the pandemic, thanks in part to their patio seating, which I’m told will be fully winterized for chilly weather times.
If you want to help Las Placitas celebrate 30 years of filling our lives with pupusas, margaritas, fried yucca and lots and lots of tacos and pork, you are cordially invited to come down and dine this Monday, October 5, from 6-8 p.m. A mariachi band, food and drink will help usher in what will hopefully be another wonderful thirty years of Don José and the Amaya family treating us like part of their own.
If you go:
What: Las Placitas 30th Birthday
When: Monday, 5 October, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Las Placitas, 1100 8th Street SE
Why: Do we need a reason to celebrate on a Monday? Come on, people!