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Friday, December 27, 2013

Addis Ethiopian Restaurant Launches Website

ethiopian food by aaaaavry
ethiopian food, a photo by aaaaavry on Flickr
They aren't open yet, but that hasn't stopped Addis Ethiopian Restaurant from launching their website & posting menus. For those who missed it, Addis is coming to 707 H Street. I spoke with someone at the contact number, & he told me they hope to open in late February, or early March (maybe the same time as the streetcar).



A few points of interest from the website:

1. Addis will be open everyday from 11am-11pm;
2. Mention of WiFi & HD monitors;
3. Menus for dinner, lunch, drinks, beer, & wine.

15 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not to be a pain, but on the website it says they are eon the north east corner of 7th and H Streets. That is the Fashion One place! The ONE story building that has been used as a sometimes-venue.

Dec 27, 2013, 3:30:00 PM

 
Blogger inked said...

3:30,
Sounds like someone got a little turned around when writing directions. I promise they are in 707 H Street (the old Casual Corner space).

Dec 27, 2013, 4:18:00 PM

 
Anonymous h st ll said...

Super excited for them to open!

Dec 27, 2013, 4:26:00 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The website promises "top-notch customer service." I assume this means wait-staff won't spend most of their time yakking with kitchen staff, unlike certain of their competition. Good luck, look forward to trying it.

Dec 27, 2013, 7:51:00 PM

 
Blogger Tom said...

Lame beer list. Also, isn't Ethiopic consistently named one of the best Ethiopian restaurants in DC? Not sure if H st can support 2 Ethiopian restaurants (plus Sidamo has been offering Ethiopian food lately too)

Dec 27, 2013, 8:19:00 PM

 
Blogger inked said...

Tom,
I missed that at Sidamo. What kind of Ethiopian food are they selling? Many areas of DC have a much greater density of Ethiopian restaurants than we see here. I know that Ethiopic is consistently packed on weekends. I suspect we could support another Ethiopian place.

Dec 27, 2013, 9:42:00 PM

 
Blogger Alan Page said...

A lot of business owners are probably planning for the density that is coming to the street. With residential projects planned on both sides of the 600 block and the 800-1000 block stretch on the south side, there will be loads of potential patrons living just two blocks from that place within three years. I think there should be enough foot traffic on H in the interim to support them till then (it'll help if the streetcar actually starts running next year as planned [I know, I know, I hear you groaning as I type this]).

Dec 28, 2013, 10:55:00 AM

 
Blogger Tom said...

Inked,

I was in Sidamo a few weeks ago and noticed a small chalkboard menu that listed the classic ethiopian dish "ful" along with another dish I can't remember. I spoke to the owner and he confirmed that they have some dishes and plans to offer more in the future. I love ful so was eager to try it next time I was in, but my roommate "beat me to the 'lunch'" and tried it first. He never had ful before, but from what he described to me, lets just say, I have seen it prepared with more "love." Anyway, I love that coffee shop, so they can do no wrong by me.

Dec 28, 2013, 5:48:00 PM

 
Blogger Tom said...

Alan,

While I agree with your comment that Addis is merely preparing for the large influx of new people set to move to H st., I can't help but think of Pho Bar and Grill, who planned on the same thing. Also, lest us not forgot Sova wine bar, whom specifically blamed the streetcar construction and delay for their failure. I love H st, but take a walk on U st or AdMo on ANY night, and you will see a HUGE difference in foot traffic. I feel that when places that open on H for the streetcar (or additional residents like Addis)end up closing before any of it comes to fruition portends bad for H st.

Dec 28, 2013, 5:55:00 PM

 
Blogger inked said...

Tom,
It sounds like I need to stop by Sidamo. I really do think there is ample demand (at least on the weekends) for a second Ethiopian place. One other point, while we have a menu for Addis, we don't have any prices.

While I think that Ethiopic's food is a tremendous value, I know that some people point out that their food is a bit more expensive than some other Ethiopian places. It could be that Addis hopes to fill a lower priced niche. Regardless, people in DC have definitely developed a taste for Ethiopian food, so I think the potential market might be quite large.

Dec 28, 2013, 6:17:00 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really don't think there is enough demand for Ethiopian food in this neighborhood to warrant a second restaurant. Believe me, I've only eaten at Ethiopic once since it's been open.

Dec 29, 2013, 8:56:00 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it owned by the same people who own Ethiopic?

Dec 29, 2013, 9:13:00 AM

 
Blogger inked said...

9:13,
Different owners.

8:56,
If that's the case, I think can safely conclude that you personally do not provide enough demand for even one Ethiopian restaurant. ;) But seriously, it looks like we'll know more about the demand level in about six months.

Dec 29, 2013, 10:35:00 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm in agreement with 8:56. Doesn't seem like a wise idea. We need more of a Logan Tavern type place....

Dec 29, 2013, 11:48:00 AM

 
Anonymous h st ll said...

Am the I only one who caught that 8:56 was being sarcastic?

Dec 31, 2013, 9:49:00 AM

 

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