Okapi Restaurant coming to former Moroni and Brothers space on Georgia Ave

4811 Georgia Ave, NW

Thanks to a reader for sending:

“The former Moroni Bros has a sign up now. Something called Okapi?”

[The okapi, also known as the forest giraffe or zebra giraffe, is a giraffid artiodactyl mammal native to the Ituri Rainforest, located in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Central Africa. Although the okapi bears striped markings reminiscent of zebras, it is most closely related to the giraffe. The okapi and the giraffe are the only living members of the family Giraffidae.

The animal was brought to prominent European attention by speculation on its existence found in popular press reports covering Henry Morton Stanley’s journeys in 1887. A 2013 study determined there are 10,000 okapis remaining in the wild, down from 40,000 a decade ago.]

Updates as more info is known and Okapi gets closer to opening.

formerly Moroni and Brothers

8 Comment

  • gotryit

    Very cool news for the block. The closures on this block were a real kick in the gut. I hope this is something that is great for the neighborhood.

  • maxwell smart

    Really loving all of this new development in this area. Now… if I could only get a bike lane on Military Road so I had an easy way to cross the park….

  • I’m happy to see something coming to this block. But what I really want to know is how the owners of Moroni are doing and if they are planning to open another place. I miss Moroni so much and I think they could do great in Petworth closer to the metro.

    • Yes, Moroni closer to Petworth would be awesome!

      • I miss Moroni’s too! I agree. If they opened up closer to Petworth metro, I think they would do even greater business. They didn’t close due to lack of business, they closed because their landlord screwed them over. Too bad we can’t get them (or anyone) into Park Place!

  • jim_ed

    God I miss Maroni. I keep praying they’ll open another location somewhere in the same general area. That said, I’m excited for a new restaurant to open, even if they are specializing in an endangered species that resembles Gizmo from The Gremlins.

  • tonyr

    I was born in Henry Morton Stanley Hospital – my claim to fame.

  • Thanks for dropping the knowledge bomb on us, PoP.

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