Friday, October 27, 2006
Tragedy Strikes the Ohio Restaurant
Bethlehem Ayele, better known to Ohio patrons as "Betty," was murdered late Wednesday night. Ms. Ayele stopped at a traffic light in Del Ray when a man approached her car and fired through the window. Ms. Ayele was struck in the head. Though motive was not immediately clear, it has now been ascertained that Betty Ayele offered testimony during the Murder Inc. trial. The trial involved a gang of drug dealers who operated, during the 1990s, in the area just north of H Street and participated in widespread witness killings.
Betty Ayele was known for her friendly and welcoming personality. She worked with her sister in the the Ohio Restaurant (1380 H Street), which their family acquired less than a year ago. She had high hopes of turning the Ohio, which was once downtrodden, and suffering for a reputation for violence, into a a success story. Since the two sisters took control, the Ohio has received numerous enthusiatic reviews, including endorsements from the Washington Post, and the City Paper. The Ohio is maintaining its normal hours, so feel free to stop in and enjoy a bit of Betty's dream in her memory.
The Ohio was open yesterday, but closed last night. Not sure what the deal is with the hours. Sorry for the misinformation.