The owners of Zenebech Injera Restaurant confirmed that the restaurant will be reopened in Adams Morgan, the neighborhood that once buzzed with Ethiopian community

By Tim Carman (The Washington Post) |

Less than a year after shutting its doors in Shaw, Zenebech Injera Restaurant will reemerge in Adams Morgan, the neighborhood that once buzzed with Ethiopian restaurants and nightlife. Zenebech’s owners hope to reopen in June at 2420 18th St. NW and pick up where they left off: as the best Ethiopian restaurant in Washington.

Zenebech announced the reopening Thursday on its Facebook page, which was first reported by PopVille. Michael Demissie, son of restaurant founders Zenebech Dessu and Gebrehanna Demissie, confirmed the news in a phone call. Michael Demissie, 25, and his older brother, Surafel Demissie, 34, will manage the operational side of the new Zenebech Injera, but their mother will continue to run the show in the kitchen.

The brothers’ father, however, has decided to step away from day-to-day operations, though he’ll be an informal advisor. “He wants a break,” Michael Demissie says.

The new location will have a larger dining room, with space for about 75 customers, but its kitchen will be smaller than the one at the previous restaurant on T Street NW of Washington, DC, which Dessu and Demissie sold last year after rejecting countless offers from developers. In practical terms, the smaller kitchen means Dessu will be able to prepare her famous injera only for diners, not for those who want to take the fermented flatbread home.

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