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PoP Pre-Preview – Z Burger Coming to the Tivoli in Columbia Heights

by Prince Of Petworth December 13, 2011 at 4:46 am 19 Comments

Back in Oct. ’10 I shared some scuttlebutt that a Z Burger was coming to Columbia Heights in the old Mayorga/Nori Nori sushi spot in the Tivoli. The last interesting update came in March ’11 when I learned the former ticket booth space out front will be used to sell milk shakes.

Last weekend I was allowed to take a quick tour and share some photos. I’m told they’re now shooting to open in 3-4 weeks. And when you look at the photos you can tell why the renovations have been taking so long. I should say folks who remember Mayorga and Nori Nori will recognize one big change right away – they’ve closed off the second floor and created a huge open dining space:

I’ll be sure to update with an exact opening date once it’s finalized. After the jump check out a bunch more photos of how it looks on the inside.


Back room looking towards front room. Staircase actually closed off leading to drywall.


Front room


Back room ceiling

  • rosied

    Any info on the paintings? Were they there previously or are they a new add?

    • saf

      They are original to the building

  • kevin

    That is going to be one cool burger joint. I aways love going to Alero and spotting the old architectural details left from the theater.

  • gonzodc

    Something just doesnt seem right with this space and Z Burger…anyway, might as well as good place as any to get my crappy death burgers and fries.

  • Bloomingdude

    It seems a bit too grand for a burger joint — especially if the look and act like the staff in that “Now Hiring” ad — but I’m glad to see something being done with such a beautiful space.

  • AK

    Zebra Girl!

    POP, any word on the Z Burger across the street from the Waterfront Metro stop?

  • Anonymous

    Did they preserve those historic old floor tiles? Looks to me like they’re gone :-(

  • anonymouse_dianne

    They are also opening across from the Safeway at Waterfront. I have a subscription to Arena Stage and was checking out the new restaurants there. The one (Station 4?) seems to be an upscale Scotch bar. And Zburger is still aways from opening.

  • indc

    I agree with the other commenters in that this place seems too beautiful for a fast food burger joint. I really hope z burgers maintains the beauty of this space – it would be a crime if they didn’t.

  • christanel

    Excited to try it – hoping they can keep the place.

  • andy

    I have no idea whether there is any difference between Z Burger and 5 Guys. Is there?

    It just seems like two virtually identical places a block apart.

    • Anonymous

      Z-Burger has a few more options for food and 1000 more options for shakes

  • oneal

    Worst use of space ever… I personally will not buy one french fry from this establishment… its a real pity something so beautiful destroyed for something so greasy…

    • bobby

      Maybe you should have invested your time and money to put something more worthy in this space.

      • oneal

        To that I reply: what time and what money?

    • Mike

      Don’t worry, it probably won’t last long. Nothing in this space ever does too well.

    • jmtpdc

      whats it like up there on your high horse?

  • John M

    Z-Burger will either do VERY well here or go belly-up. It”s concept is like Five Guy’s, but quirkier and more selection. Based on my experiences at their Tenleytown and Glover Park locations, they seem like an honest, hard-working family-run business worthy of patronage.

    IMHO it’s really good that locally-owned DC businesses are starting to get a foot-hold in CoHi, like Z-Burger and Alero.

    • Elza

      Agree with this statement, except that you used the term CoHi. Pleeeeease no…

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