Zola and Potenza to Close, Jose Andres’ Minibar will Move into former Zola Wine & Kitchen Space

800 F St, NW

More big restaurant closing/shuffling news from yesterday. The Washington City Paper confirmed rumors that Zola and Potenza will be closing:

“Zola is set to close June 30, and Potenza on Aug. 18…Vidalia and Bistro Bis chef/owner Jeffrey Buben will take over the Potenza space on Sept. 1.”

We’ve previously judged Zola here (8th and F St, NW), Potenza here (1430 H Street, NW), Bistro Bis here (15 E St, NW) and Vidalia here (1990 M Street, NW.)

9th and E St, NW

And in other takeover news, the Washington Post reports that Jose Andres’ Minibar will be moving into the former Zola Wine & Kitchen space:

Chef-owner Jose Andres says he’s relocating his acclaimed, six-stool celebration of avant-garde cooking on the second-floor of 405 Eighth St. NW to the space recently vacated by Zola Wine & Kitchen at Ninth and E streets NW.

Reservations for the transplanted restaurant will be taken starting Sept. 1 for seatings in October.

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  • Good riddance to Zola. Pricey and not very good in a prime location. A product of a time when mediocrity could thrive on the DC restaurant scene. Hope Zengo is next.

  • I sure miss Zola Wine and Kitchen, though.

  • I am excited to see Buben’s newly improved Potenza — I believe I read somewhere that that space (which is huge) will have two new restaurants… Like the Riot Act “closing” this is probably a positive for the ‘hood.

    • I think the turnover is fresh and nice, but I hope that the new tenants come up with creative alternatives to the fine dining that filled the spaces prior. Maybe rents dictate overpriced food as the only way to suceed, but if someone could come up with an overpriced supermarket or overpriced alternative social venue that would be even better.

  • Potenza: I’ll miss the bar for sure. The restaurant, not so much.

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