Update, 2/24/17: Paseo will open today at 3 p.m. and close at 2 a.m. The restaurant will normally open at 11 a.m. seven days a week, with varying closing times to be announced later. The restaurant currently seats 24, though additional outdoor seating will be added. And there’s a new steak sandwich on the menu at this location.
Original story: Eater got word this morning that the latest Paseo Caribbean sandwich shop on Capitol Hill would “softly open” today, with an official opening coming next week. Soft openings are a nice way for staff to ease into things, sometimes with limited menus and hours, but consumers often don’t notice a functional difference between “soft” and “official” openings. So here’s what you need to take away from this: Paseo has arrived on Capitol Hill.
Following closely on the heels of a SoDo expansion, news came back in September 2016 that owner Ryan Santwire planned to take over the space at 925 East Pike St vacated by Pike Street Fish Fry with a third location for the ultra-popular Paseo. Santwire was aiming for a fall opening, but the project has been delayed until now.
Expect the same Caribbean-inspired food — like the drippy mess that is the marinated pork shoulder sandwich — as at the other two locations, along with late-night hours to cater to the night-club crowd. In a recent episode of Eater video series Dining on a Dime, host Lucas Peterson explored Paseo’s convoluted rivalry with very similar Seattle sandwich chainlet Un Bien, in case you somehow missed the companies’ strange histories.
Stay tuned for more on this important sandwich news as details become available.