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

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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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