Zenebech Injera closed Sunday Night – An End of an Era in Shaw

zenebech-injera
608 T Street, NW

We’ve known it was coming for a while now but it doesn’t lessen the sting. This is another one of those spots that was THE (along with Thai Crossing) spot to go in the area before there were so many spots to go…

“Dear PoPville,

Heading to work this morning and it looked as though my neighbors at Zenebech may finally be closing for good (they’ve been talking about their last day for a while). They had a robust dinner service last night, but it didn’t seem out of the ordinary. Can someone confirm if they’ve officially closed their doors?”

Alas, they confirm on their facebook in response to a question:

“Our last day has been postponed to sometime mid-October.”

“Do you have a new closing date yet? You will be dearly missed while you relocate!”

“It’s been pushed to this Sunday” [This Sunday as in yesterday]

Updates when/if a new location is found. Standby for a new 7 story building coming here.

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  • Sad patrons should visit LeTena in Columbia Heights. It opened last week and is absolutely delicious. The family that owns the restaurant is overwhelmingly kind. The matriarch insisted on bringing my 18-month-old a complimentary sampler of what she feeds her own children. I love this much-needed addition to the neighborhood and I hope it thrives!

    • Uptown is another suggestion if you want to stay in the same hood as Zenebech. I have no idea how they stay open since I’ve never seen more than five people in there, but their food is really, really good. The last meal I had there may have been better than Zenebech. It’s kind of weird in that it looks like it’s a lounge and it isn’t really obvious they serve food (and they did have a few months before they changed ownership where they seemed closed but then turned into a nightclub), but I promise you it’s tasty! When you walk in it seems a bit off-putting, but the service has always been super friendly and inviting once they realize you’re not there by mistake.

  • Lion of LeDroit

    Very glad to see high-density come to this metro-accessible location, but really too bad the developer couldn’t have found a way to keep Zenebech as a tenant following the redevelopment. Could have been a win-win for all.

    • Oh, they certainly “could’ve” found a way for them to stay, but I imagine they wanted to collect much higher rents post development.
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      Zenebech should really find a property on North Capital, though. Seems like a prime location, given size/rent requirements. Maybe even work with the Catania bakery folks on a space? I know they own many of the lots there.

    • Apparently all the owners of the various buildings on this block banded together and negotiated a big buyout (they are all Ethiopian, IIRC). I think Zenebech may have owned their spot, so they made out well.

  • So sad! It was the best Ethiopian left in DC.

  • That was the only viable business on that block, sad to see it go.

  • SO SAD! not really cheered by suggested other places- nothing else is comparable. These were the kindest peeps I knew, and such delicious food. They bent over backwards to accommodate me and my paraplegic friend in his tank aka wheelchair, and they were so affordable.

  • I doubt there’s any real chance at this, but I would *love* to see Zenebach relocate to the former corner store/deli/Ethiopian counter space at the corner of New Jersey and Q. Even though it was a corner store in a past life, it seemed to be outfitted with a commercial kitchen that served several Ethiopian dishes. Nothing has stuck in that location and something with a following like Zenebach would be perfect! Zenebach if you’re listening talk to the landlord – the space has been vacant for months!

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