2439 18th Street, NW
Photo by Stacey Windsor
From an email:
“Brother-and-sister owners Ken and Aki Ballogdajan will open their new concept AKO by KENAKI at The Roost early 2020. Chef Ken and his sister Aki opened their first restaurant, KENAKI Sushi Counter, in Gaithersburg last year. While Ken touts a 25-year career in the industry (which includes time spent at Raku, VOLT, and with Chef Ryan Trevino in San Juan, PR), his sister Aki left her career in software in 2018 to open KENAKI as its GM. Though this will be the second concept for the Ballogdajans, the siblings are third-generation restaurant owners and got their start in the industry as teens. Their sushi counter at The Roost is named for their late mother, Ako (her nickname). Read More
9th and Q Street, NW
735 8th Street, SE
Thanks to John for sending the update on Sushi Hachi. Anyone take an early taste?
Menus (a bit hard to read) and some more teases from their facebook after the jump. Read More
Well, I continue to hear good things about the sushi at the new The Heights Taproom so let’s take this opportunity to update our list from 2013. Where’s your favorite sushi spot around town these days? Bonus if they have also have good beer – I’m looking at you Sushi Taro!!
3115 14th Street, NW
1314 9th Street, NW
From the owners of 1314 1/2 9th Street, NW:
“We at 1314 1/2 Inc. are thrilled to announce that a corporation formed by Can Yurdagul of Sushi Capitol and Sushi Ogawa has leased the former Seasonal Pantry space at 1314 1/2 9th St NW as of May 1. Can found our space through a PoPville post and though sushi had never crossed our minds as a tenant we believe it is a perfect fit in that quirky space which he plans to use to its fullest. We have talked at length about what is missing on the street and much of the conversation was based on the comment section of the PoPville post citing a lack of Sunday, daytime, fast breakfast and lunch, etc. options, all gaps he plans to fill. I cannot speak as to his exact opening date but work is happening within. Stay tuned.”
Ed. Note: City Paper reports: “The restaurant is currently undergoing some cosmetic upgrades and is set to open in the next two to three weeks.”
1213 Connecticut Ave, NW
Back in February we learned that Buredo’s “Burrito-size sushi rolls” was coming to a second location in the former Pinkberry space. The first spot which opened last summer is located at 825 14th Street, NW. I stopped in to inquire about the Dupont space and was told they should be open in “4-5 weeks”. Sweet.
You can see their menu here.
1213 Connecticut Ave, NW
Nice – the former Pinkberry space (and don’t forget Pampillonia Jewelers represented here for many years before that) is going to become a second location for Buredo who opened their first “Burrito-size sushi rolls” spot at 825 14th Street, NW over the summer. Ed. Note: 825 14th Street, NW used to be a Yogenfruz. God willing Buredo will take over all the former frozen yogurt spots in the city! For those not familiar their website says:
“Buredo (pronounced “bur-EE-doh”) is a local DC establishment, owned by two life-long childhood friends and DC natives who were looking for a unique, fresh lunch option. Our handheld, burrito-size sushi rolls feature Asian and other globally-inspired ingredients and flavors. Using seasoned rice and traditional nori, we roll our sushi burritos to order – perfect for the health-conscious crowd on the go looking for some good, clean eating with a twist.
We use the highest-quality, all-natural ingredients (no artificial dyes or flavors here) which we prepare daily to roll a fresh, hearty and flavor-packed sushi burrito. Veggies play a starring role as well – we are passionate about letting them shine through their natural flavors and textures, and love to pack a punch with pickling too.
Buredo is bringing a new way of eating sushi to the nation’s capital. Always remember to eat your veggies, eat more fish and eat Buredo!”
And you can check their menu here too.
From a press release:
“Sakerum, a new sushi bar, Asian-Latin restaurant and cocktail lounge, will open just blocks away from the intersection of 14th and U Street (2204 14th St NW) this spring. Owner Stephanos Andreou’s vision for the two-story, 3,300-square-foot resto-lounge is based on the Japanese concept of the izakaya, a warm, welcoming gastropub, tinged with the flair of a Latin lounge.
The first floor will house Sakerum’s colorful sushi bar, led by chef Khan Gayabazar, formerly of Fujimar and Maté. The second floor boasts a retractable, glass rooftop, which will accommodate up to 90 guests. Sakerum’s menu of sushi and Latin-inspired Asian dishes will offer an exciting blend of flavors and cultures based on innovative recipes.
Mixologist Gina Chersevani, of Union Market’s Buffalo & Bergen, is responsible for Sakerum’s beverage program, which will produce fresh sugar cane on-site for cocktails and drink flights. Chersevani’s cocktail menu will perfectly complement Chef Gayabazar’s fare, and guests will enjoy both in an environment that is upscale and warm. Read More
2100 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Thanks to a reader for sending the good news about Ogawa (from the owners of the incredibly awesome Sushi Capitol on Capitol Hill) is finally, for real, seriously opening in the former Pines of Florence space.
“…the wait is over! Hope you get a reservation.”
Sushi Ogawa will be grand opening on FEB 01, 2016 on Monday
Speaking of Pines of Florence – holy transformation: Read More