David English, former executive chef at Ella Dining Room and Bar, opens The Press today at 4 p.m. at 18th and Capitol. The restaurant will occupy the former space of Dragonfly. With the Press, English has crafted a menu that's inspired by the Mediterranean and emphasizes fresh seasonal ingredients.
The Press will serve tapas and drinks until 5 p.m., when full dinner service will kick in. For now, the Press will be open from Tuesday through Saturday - though brunch may be coming soon.
"We want to keep it very casual and and a very approachable neighborhood place," said English. "If you just want to grab some house wine and tapas, that's great. If you want a full meal, that's great. We'll cater to how much time and money you want to spend."
Here's a sneak peek at some of the Press' menu items:
Summer white corn soup
Crispy Pork Belly, Peaches, Almonds and Balsamic
Ceviche of Shrimp, Scallop, Bass and Calamari
Potato Gnocchi with prosciutto, Parmesan cream sauce and broccolo rabe
Mushroom and Ricotta Ravioli with corn leaks and dill
Pan seared king salmon, roasted cauliflower and tzatziki
Braised beef short rib, mashed potato and red wine sauce
Grilled hangar steak with potato gratin and salsa verde
Risotto with summer zucchini