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Sad News for another Long Time Adams Morgan Restaurant – Meskerem For Sale

by Prince Of Petworth December 18, 2014 at 4:15 pm 25 Comments

2434 18th Street, NW

Meskerem is located at 2434 18th Street Northwest. The listing says:

“2 story plus mezzanine turn-key restaurant, aka Meskerem, located in the heart of Adams Morgan. Buildg. feat. high ceilings, 183 seats, CR liquor license. Includes real estate and business. Great for restaurant owner or developer. Potential for adtl. sqf. C2B permits housing to a max lot occupncy of 80% for resi. use. Lot size 3281. Max FAR of 3.5 for resi. use and 1.5 FAR for other permit uses.”

You can see more photos here.

It’s yours for $2,200,000.

  • That’s where I take guests visiting the city to show them how international I am. Once inside, I show them the pictures on the walls and tell them the story of how the Arc of the Covenant ended up in Ethiopia.

    • And then I proceed to eat all the food while they are distracted looking at the pictures.

      • Brooklander

        Serious lump of coal

    • littlen

      I was trying to remember who just told me recently that they loved this place – I think it might’ve been you. Very sad that it’s closing!

      • Probably me, I love the story of that Arc of the Covenant!

  • Mike M.

    This is a bummer. I didn’t think Meskerem was the best Ethiopian food in the city, but it’s always been pretty solid. Oh well!

    I guess Keren and Dahlak aren’t too far away though. Dahlak is pretty solid as well, and Keren is maybe my favorite place (any cuisine) in the entire city, although it’s technically Eritrean, not Ethiopian.

  • monkeydaddy

    Thank you for the meals, ambiance, and tej

  • MPinDC

    Sad news – I’ve taken countless friends from overseas here from the time it opened way back when. I’ve always thought though the food was solid and I prefer it to many of the newer places that have opened.

  • dc_mike

    I remember eating with my brother in one of the window tables and how passersby looked longingly at our food when we first got it and how those looks diminished quickly as we tore through the food with out hands. Haven’t been there in ages, but I still laugh when I think of that night.

  • textdoc

    This makes me sad. I was just naming Meskerem in that thread the other week about D.C. institutions. I liked going there when I lived out near College Park, and when I moved to Adams Morgan in 2002 I was delighted to be able to go there and get takeout.

  • Rich

    This was where one took out of town visitors in the 90s, although there was a better restaurant across the street (I only took people to Meskerem if they insisted). Now it’s probably the last survivor in the area. Sad, but but there is so much more diversity of food in the District and even in the 90s, Ethiopian had had its day in other places like Chicago.

  • Noooo! I always had a soft spot for Meskerem. This was the first truly ethnic I-don’t-know-what-that-is-but-I’ll-try-it restaurant I remember eating at way back when I first moved to DC at the age of 19. I agree we’re losing an institution.

    • AMDCer

      Agreed! I started going to Meskerem when Fasika’s closed, and liked it better. Glad I went recently with a friend in from out of town.

      • MPinDC

        Hmmm, Fasika’s was definitely my favorite although there was also a place further down 18th St that I also really liked (same side of street as Fasika’s)

  • yawper

    That’s the first place I ever had Ethiopian food. I don’t make it over to Adams Morgan much any more, but sad to hear they are closing.

    • c

      adams morgan used to be very cool.

  • Ally

    Boo-urns. I loved this place.

  • oh nooooo, this was my favorite place! Where do we go now? I didn’t like Dukem/etete too much, nor Keren. I guess Zenebech?

  • Matt

    I went there once and never went back. The food was mediocre Ethiopian at best. The one time I went there I was with a friend and we ordered tibbs with our meal. 50% of the “tibbs” order was liver. When I brought it to the owner’s attention, he denied it was liver – as if one wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between liver and muscle. Good riddance.

  • Honest

    I went there a few times but the food wasn’t all that good compared to some of the other Ethiopian restaurants in DC/MD or NOVA. It was great for tourists but not so great for residents who actually know and had good Ethiopian cuisine.

  • jen

    so sad. i love this place! i hope it stays open…

  • Teddy

    NOOOO this is my favorite Ethiopian place in D.C.


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