A Message from José Andrés

Dear Friends & Family: 

In response to the increasing risk of the COVID-19 coronavirus and to help encourage social distancing to stop its spread, we have made the difficult decision to temporarily close Mercado Little Spain as of March 15. We will repurpose it, along with most of our Washington DC restaurants, as a “community kitchen” with affordable plates of the day available for takeout purchase. 

 As you know, we are in an unprecedented global emergency and every one of us needs to take every precaution, including staying home as much as possible.  However, we as a restaurant company also want to help provide food for those who want it in a safe manner.   We feel these community kitchens can help during this challenging time, and those who cannot afford to pay we will welcome as well. 

The Little Spain community kitchen will operate out of the restaurants’ side doors with a limited number of our current staff who are volunteering from 12 – 4 pm daily beginning Tuesday, March 17, offering only takeout service.  All restaurant employees will be provided with paid leave and current health benefits for at least the first two weeks. 

We will continue to keep you posted as we evolve our offerings to meet the needs of our community as well as to take best care of our employees.  If you have an upcoming reservation at one of our restaurants, our restaurant teams will be in touch to reschedule, or feel free to contact us directly at 646-495-1242. 

Keep safe and we hope to see you soon. 

José Andrés