Update on Èkó House (Formerly Lagos Bar & Grill) and El Mercat Bar de Tapas Coming to Rockville Town Square

by Patrick Herron

Update on Èkó House (Lagos) and El Mercat Bar de Tapas Coming to Rockville Town Square

Last month we let you know that Lagos Bar & Grill and El Mercat Bar de Tapas would be coming to Rockville Town Square.

We now know that Lagos will be named Èkó House, after the local southwestern Nigerian dialect, Yoruba, and refers to the vibrant and commercial capital city of Lagos. They will be located in the space formerly occupied by Bar Louie at 150 Gibbs St.

El Mercat Bar De Tapas will be taking over the spot that was most recently home to Gumbo Ya Ya at 101 Gibbs Street Unit C in Rockville Town Square.

According to Federal Realty, “Èkó House (Èkó), a 6,500-square-foot full-service Nigerian restaurant located at 150 Gibbs Street, will open later this year. The restaurant will offer authentic and delicious fusions of well known and

loved Nigerian food. It will have a magnificent ambience, with aesthetics that highlight the rich cultures, people and places of the
country. The restaurant will seat 250 people and will include a private room for special events and celebrations.”

“Also opening later this year is El Mercat Bar de Tapas (El Mercat), located at 101 Gibbs Street. The restaurant will feature traditional Spanish tapas, paellas, gambas al ajillo, patatas bravas, Tortilla
Española as well as sangria, wines and beer. The 2,307-square-foot El Mercat will have dining for 60 people and will add patio space in spring


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