Brothers Alvaro and Alonso Roche want to bring the beach to Bethesda at their newest spot: TacoArepa and Frida Beer Garden. The fast-casual restaurant, which is currently open with limited hours and menu, and forthcoming al fresco bar will specialize in food and drinks from coastal Mexico, the Caribbean, and the family’s native Venezuela.
“I wanted to pay homage to our childhood and what we were eating when we were kids,” says chef Alonso Roche, who says they spent time sailing around the Caribbean. “You’re born with arepas. Even when you’re a baby, they give you little arepa balls that they boil and mash up with butter.”