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Owner of Rasika, Ashok Bajaj, Leases Former Zola Space Next to the Spy Museum


800 F St, NW

Yesterday we learned some scuttlebutt I heard was true – Shake Shack would be coming to the cafe space in the Spy Museum. Now comes word of what will happen to the former Zola space – from a Douglas Development press release:

Douglas Development is pleased to announce that Washington, DC restaurant icon Ashok Bajaj has leased 8,300 square feet in the Douglas Development-owned property at 800 F Street NW—The Spy Museum Building.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled with having Ashok in this signature property. His reputation for innovative, creative, and successful restaurants is well known,” said Douglas Development Principal, Norman Jemal, “To have him join our other retail and restaurant partners illustrates the vitality and continued importance of the F Street corridor to residents and visitors alike. Jemal added, “This coupled with Shake Shack will only continue to add to the energy of Downtown.”

Ashok Bajaj said, “We know Penn Quarter extremely well—our 701 was one of the first restaurants in this neighborhood. We’re delighted to be in this historic building and work with Norman Jemal and the rest of the Douglas Development team.”

About Knightsbridge Restaurant Group

Bajaj’s Knightbridge Restaurant Group currently owns and operates seven restaurants in Washington, DC, namely the 701, Bombay Club, Oval Room, Rasika, Ardeo, Bardeo, and Bibiana.

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