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The Restaurant Challenge



The Restaurant Challenge

**Due to this past week’s surprising news of Victor Albisu conceding to challenger, Christina Campos, we are cancelling the event scheduled for June 4th. We invite you to join us and congratulate our Restaurant Challenge Winner, Casita with a celebration at the Ballston BID’s Annual Meeting on June 23rd.**

Following the success of the Ballston LaunchPad Program, the Ballston BID is announcing the 2014 Challenge with a focus on restaurateurs. The Ballston BID will be seeking the "Next Signature Restaurant" — this new program is designed to activate commercial space and showcase the community of Ballston as a magnet for discovery and innovation. This continuation of the LaunchPad Program will again showcase the creative, supportive environment that the Ballston BID fosters for entrepreneurs in our community.

The program will feature Mike Isabella, Chef/Owner of Graffiato, Kapnos, G by Mike Isabella and a Bravo TV Top Chef All-Star. Isabella is bringing a first-class restaurant to Ballston, Kapnos Taverna, in 2014. The Restaurant Challenge winner will be awarded a 1-year, free restaurant space lease in Ballston- and there's more to come.

The Restaurant Challenge is open to established, experienced chefs with excellent operational skills. Strong candidates for consideration will submit a thorough business plan. Selected Challenge contestants will participate in events to showcase their skills including the Ballston BID Taste of Arlington. Applications will be accepted online through the Ballston BID website in early 2014.

Restaurant Challenge Prizes

  • 11-year lease with 12 months of free rent
  • After the initial 12 months, below market rates (approx. $16 per square ft.)
  • $245,000 interest free loan
  • Free legal services donated by Saul Ewing
  • Free financial advising donated by Allender CPA
  • One year free Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) membership




Victor Albisu

Christiana Campos



Daniel Mesheske

Zena Polin

Kristen Robinson

Josh Radigan

David Ivey-Soto

Jacques Imperato